pa·​tris·​tics pə-ˈtri-stiks How to pronounce patristics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: the study of the writings and background of the church fathers

Examples of patristics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Foley has six children of his own and is a professor of patristics (the study of early Christian writers) at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Maureen MacKey, Fox News, 19 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of patristics was in 1847

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“Patristics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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