from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the Semi-Arian party in the fourth century A.D. that held that Jesus the Son and God the Father were of similar but not of the same substance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to Homoiousians, or their belief.
- n. One of the semi-Arians of the 4th century, who held that the Son was of like, but not the same, essence or substance with the Father; -- opposed to homoousian.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a similar nature.
- [capitalized] Relating to the Homoiousians or their belief.
- n. [capitalized] One of the Semi-Arians, followers of Eusebius, who maintained that the nature of Christ is similar to, but not the same with, that of the Father: opposed to Homoöusian.
Homoiousian, an Homoian, or a Neo-Nicene, seeking always to remain outside any inflexible classification.
Arian and Athanasian chiefly, -- to damn to eternal perdition (and temporal excommunication when possible) the vile heretics of the other: Homoiousian to thunder against Homoousian, Homoousian against Homoiousian: _Arius contra Athanasium, _ and _Athanasius contra mundum: _ -- till the air of the whole Roman world is thick with the fumes of brimstone and the stench of the Nether Pit.
The Homoiousian party of the East split on the question of the deity of the Holy Spirit.
Cappadocians, Basil, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa, most of whom had at least sympathized with the Homoiousian party.
Hilary was of great importance in the Arian controversy in bringing the Homoiousian party of the East and the Nicene party of the West to an agreement.
That the Homoiousian party meant substantially the same by their term homoiousios as did the Homoousians or the Nicene party, by their term homoousios.
The rival doctrines of the Homoousian and of the Homoiousian, containing metaphysical differences so attenuated that they could hardly be stated, turned bishop against bishop and congregation against congregation.
Human ill-nature needs but some Homoiousian iota, or even the pretence of one; and will flow copiously through the eye of a needle: thus always must mortals go jargoning and fuming,