pa·​tris·​tic | \ pə-ˈtri-stik How to pronounce patristic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly patristical \ pə-​ˈtri-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce patristical (audio) \

Definition of patristic

: of or relating to the church fathers or their writings

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Recent Examples on the Web Belief in transubstantiation has both scriptural and patristic bases. John Hirschauer, National Review, "What Is Pope Francis Saying about Communion?," 10 June 2019

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1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Patristic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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