adjective Phi·lo·ni·an \fə̇ˈlōnēən, (ˈ)fī¦l-\
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Definition of Philonian

  1. :  of or relating to the Alexandrian Jewish philosopher Philo Judaeus or based on his system of philosophy consisting of a combination of Judaism and Platonism and being a precursor of Neoplatonism

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Origin and Etymology of philonian

Late Latin philonianus, from philon-, Philo Judaeus fl late 1st century b.c. and early 1st century a.d. Hellenistic Jewish philosopher + Latin -ianus -ian

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a brief usually trivial fact

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