en·​hy·​po·​sta·​sia | \ ˌenˌhīpəˈstāzh(ē)ə \
variants: or less commonly enhypostasis \ ˌen(ˌ)hīˈpästəsə̇s \
plural -s

Definition of enhypostasia

: the dependence of the human nature of Christ upon his divine nature in such fashion that the second is the subsistent hypostasis of the first postulated (as in early Orthodox theology) as a doctrine of hypostatic union excluding an independent and impersonal existence of the human nature and emphasizing its subsistence from the beginning in the person of the Logos

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Other Words from enhypostasia

enhypostatic \ ¦enˌhīpə¦statik \ adjective

History and Etymology for enhypostasia

New Latin, from Greek enypostatos substantial (verbal of enyphistasthai to subsist in, from en in + hyphistasthai to subsist, exist, stand under), after Greek statos standing, fixed: -stasia and Greek statos: stasis condition of standing, stoppage

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“Enhypostasia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enhypostasia. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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