Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Relating to hypostasis; constitutive or elementary. The hypostatic principles are salt, sulphur, and mercury. See hypostasis, 5.
  • In theology, personal, or distinctly personal; pertaining to or constituting a distinct being or substance. See hypostasis, 2.
  • In medicine, arising from downward pressure; caused by dependence: as, hypostatic congestion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Relating to hypostasis, or substance; hence, constitutive, or elementary.
  • adjective Personal, or distinctly personal; relating to the divine hypostases, or substances.
  • adjective (Med.) Depending upon, or due to, deposition or setting.
  • adjective (Theol.) the union of the divine with the human nature of Christ.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective theology Pertaining to hypostasis, especially with reference to hypostatic union.
  • adjective Personal, or distinctly personal; relating to the divine hypostases, or substances.
  • adjective Depending upon, or due to, deposition or setting.
  • adjective medicine Pertaining to hypostasis.
  • adjective genetics Of a gene, affected by hypostasis.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From mediaeval Latin hypostaticus, from Ancient Greek ὑποστατικός (hupostatikos), from ὑποστατός (hupostatos).

Examples

  • The term hypostatic union is much easier than it sounds, but the concept is as profound as anything in the universe-the personal union of the eternal Son of God with our humanity.

    Desiring God Blog

  • The term hypostatic union is much easier than it sounds, but the concept is as profound as anything in the universe-the personal union of the eternal Son of God with our humanity.

    Desiring God Blog

  • This union of the two natures in one Person has been for centuries called a hypostatic union, that is, a union in the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • "Christian theology refers to Christ as being simultaneously divine and human, a dual nature known as the hypostatic union," writes

    GreenCine Daily

  • "Christian theology refers to Christ as being simultaneously divine and human, a dual nature known as the hypostatic union," writes

    GreenCine Daily

  • One reader of this blog has proposed, by e-mail, the above diagram for the "hypostatic" as distinct from "energetic" side of the triadology I've been trying to develop in aid of harmonizing Western dogma with the faith held in common during the first millennium.

    Triadological diagram, anyone?

  • One reader of this blog has proposed, by e-mail, the above diagram for the "hypostatic" as distinct from "energetic" side of the triadology I've been trying to develop in aid of harmonizing Western dogma with the faith held in common during the first millennium.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • In the past, those questions involved such things as the Trinity, the Blessed Mother, and the hypostatic union.

    David L. Schindler criticizes Christopher West's work with TOTB

  • The integration of spirit and matter though iconography speaks to the hypostatic union of the "Word become flesh."

    Eric Simpson: Icons: Symbols of Sobriety in a Culture of Chaos

  • Not that the holy monks and hermits are smashing statues or anything: today in my theology class, we discussed iconoclasm and the second council of Nicea among other things such as the devotion to the Sacred Heart as and application of the doctrine of the hypostatic union, and Christ possessing the beatific vision.

    Archive 2009-07-01

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