A student of or expert in patristics.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Ogilvie's Imperial Dictionary. From classical Latin patr-, pater father or ancient Greek πατρ-, πατήρ father + -ist, after patristics.
A person whose behaviour or attitude is modelled on or dominated by his or her father.
Exhibiting a father's influence; characterized by paternal (as opposed to maternal) domination.
1940s. From classical Latin patr-, pater father + -ist.