pa·​tris·​tic pə-ˈtri-stik How to pronounce patristic (audio)
variants or less commonly patristical
: of or relating to the church fathers or their writings

Examples of patristic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Belief in transubstantiation has both scriptural and patristic bases. John Hirschauer, National Review, 10 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of patristic was in 1826

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“Patristic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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