from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the theological doctrine, declared heretical in 431, that within Jesus are two distinct persons, divine and human, rather than a single divine person.
  • adj. Of or relating to an Eastern church. Not in scholarly use.
  • n. An adherent of Nestorian doctrine.
  • n. A member of an Eastern church. Not in scholary use.

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  • adj. relating to teachings or to the followers of Nestorius
  • n. A perceived follower of Nestorius in the fourth and fifth centuries. A member of a "Nestorian" church.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or relating to the Nestorians.
  • adj. Relating to, or resembling, Nestor, the aged warrior and counselor mentioned by Homer; hence, wise; experienced; aged.
  • proper n. An adherent of Nestorius, patriarch of Constantinople in the fifth century, who was condemned as a heretic for maintaining that the divine and the human natures were not merged into one nature in Christ (who was God in man), and, hence, that it was improper to call Mary the mother of God though she might be called the mother of Christ; also, one of the sect established by the followers of Nestorius in Persia, India, and other Oriental countries, and still in existence. Opposed to Eutychian.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Nestorius (see Nestorianism), or the Nestorians or their doctrines.
  • n. A follower of Nestorius; one who denies the hypostatic union of two natures in one person in Christ, holding that he possesses two distinct personalities, the union between which is merely moral.
  • n. One of a modern Christian body in Persia and Turkey, the remnant of the once powerful Nestorian denomination.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a follower of Nestorius
  • adj. relating to Nestorius or Nestorianism


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

After Nestorius, who was accused of propounding this doctrine.

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Nestor +‎ -ian


  • The most interesting document for the history of Nestorianism is still the monument discovered at Si-ngan-fu and commonly called the Nestorian stone [536].

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3

  • For those having studied using Thackston's Introduction to Syriac, Zammit's book provides more readings in Estrangelo (the script used in Thackston's textbook) than in Serto (the main script used in Healey's), as well as a few in East Syriac or "Nestorian" script.

    Bunches of Grapes from the Syriac Vineyard: A Review

  • They tried to destroy the evidence (not succesfully) and blacklist us as "Nestorian" which is labeling us as heritics.


  • Editor's note: "Nestorian" and "Syrian Orthodox" are the names of Assyrian church denominations.

    Assyrian International News Agency

  • As a result of mutual hatred and competition between the Western Catholics and Protestants, in the late 19th century the same process was repeated, this time by the Anglican missionaries, and the other part of the East - Aramean "Nestorian" tribes of Hakkari (bordering Turkey and Iraq) and Urmia (Iran) to call themselves "Assyrians" - a term which was used purely geographically and only applied to the "Nestorians".

    American Chronicle

  • LXXXVI, 1368) says, perhaps with reference to the so-called Nestorian Liturgy, that Theodore had also introduced a new Liturgy.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • "Apparently you can be a Pelagian historian [semi-Pelagian Nestorian] in ETS,"


  • But Daoism, Islam, Hinduism and Nestorian Christianity from Syria and Manichaeism from Persia also were practiced, and the Mongols showed deference for those different religions.

    NYC Exhibit Unveils Rich Treasures Of Yuan Dynasty

  • The Byzantine Emperor Justinian the Great (537-564 AD) also realized the importance of producing silk and ordered two Nestorian priests to go east to uncover the secret behind silk making.

    Magda Abu-Fadil: "Gold and Silk" Revive Past Splendors at Lebanon Museum

  • Curiously, neither Rome nor Constantinople, the two principal centers of Christianity, knew of the Nestorian accomplishments in China, and it was not until Mongol armies from central Asia threatened Europe that Rome sent emissaries to the Asia.

    The Chinese are Coming


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