ante-Nicene

adjective
an·​te-Ni·​cene
variants: or less commonly ante-Nicaean \ ¦⸗⸗¦⸗¦⸗⸗ \

Definition of ante-Nicene

: of or relating to the Christian church or era before the first council of Nicaea (a.d. 325)

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First Known Use of ante-Nicene

1690, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ante-Nicene

ante- + Nicene, Nicaean

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The first known use of ante-Nicene was in 1690

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“Ante-Nicene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ante-Nicene. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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