from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of the council of the Areopagus.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A member of the council of the Areopagus.

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  • noun A member of the Areopagus.

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  • noun A member of the ancient-Athenian conciliary court of the Areopagus.

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  • noun a member of the council of the Areopagus


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From the Middle English Ariopagite, Ariopagyte, from the Latin arēopagītes, from the Ancient Greek Ἀρεοπαγίtης (areiopagītēs); equivalent to Areopagus +‎ -ite.


  • They angrily replied that he had now shown his true colors as a despiser of the monastery, having denied that the Areopagite was their patron saint.

    Archive 2005-05-01

  • Dionysius spoke of the recent martyrdom of their bishop, Publius (in the persecution of Marcus Aurelius), and says that Dionysius the Areopagite was the first Bishop of Athens.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • And he was called Areopagite of the street that he dwelled in.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5

  • Of the Christian church, founded by St. Paul at Athens, according to ecclesiastical tradition, Dionysius the Areopagite was the first bishop.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • Nevertheless, if Paul reasoned with them, they loved news, for which he was the more welcome; and if he converted Dionysius the Areopagite, that is, one of the senators, there followed neither any hurt to him, nor loss of honor to Dionysius.

    The Commonwealth of Oceana

  • Moreover, it seems that light was likened with being, so that for the Areopagite, “if light ceased to shine, all being would vanish into nothingness”.

    The Theology and Metaphysics of the Gothic Cathedral - part 3

  • The coincidentia oppositorum is a central tenet of Cusa's philosophy of learned ignorance, derived from Dionysius the Areopagite and articulated in Cusa's treatise De docta ignorantia (1440).

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • Nobody can stray into that little Byzantium chapel at Palermo, which suggested the chapel of the Grail to Wagner,348 without for an instant renouncing the body and all its works and sending all thought up into that heaven the pseudo Dionysius, the Areopagite, fashioned out of the Platonic ideas.349

    Later Articles and Reviews

  • St. Peter of Damaskos cites St. Dionysios the Areopagite, in The Divine Names as saying that God is praised through justice.

    Part III: Piety the Just Gift

  • This turns out to be a way both of recalling the negative theology to be found in Dionysius the Areopagite and his other predecessors and at the same time of going beyond it.

    Cusanus, Nicolaus [Nicolas of Cusa]


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