from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the sect of Novatius, or Novatianus, who held that the lapsed might not be received again into communion with the church, and that second marriages are unlawful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Novatianus and his followers, or their doctrines.
  • n. In church hist., one of a sect founded in the middle of the third century by Novatianus (also called Novatus), a presbyter of Rome, who had himself consecrated bishop of Rome in opposition to Cornelius in 251.


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