Meaning of patristic in English:


Pronunciation /pəˈtrɪstɪk/


  • Relating to the early Christian theologians or to patristics.

    ‘the great patristic era of the first five centuries’
    • ‘The hymns for the feasts of Christ and his Mother constitute a course in patristic Christology and Trinitarian theology.’
    • ‘The first is entitled ‘Ancient Origins,’ in which he traces the primitive and patristic eras of the Christian church.’
    • ‘Her appeal to a range of sources within the tradition is laudable, particularly since patristic theologians had been neglected in her book until this point.’
    • ‘It may also be said that patristic and medieval theologians also made liberal use of diverse sources.’
    • ‘Since the patristic era, theologians have taught that at the heart of the eternal divine dynamic is the relationship between the first and second trinitarian persons.’
    • ‘True enough, the language of impassibility is deeply embedded in patristic theology going back to Ignatius of Antioch.’
    • ‘The Spirit of Early Christian Thought does not suggest that the patristic era represents the whole of the tradition.’
    • ‘Pilgrimage, of course, is a staple of Christian piety whose roots stretch back into the early patristic period.’
    • ‘Anyone interested in the Cappadocian Fathers or patristic theology should find this book a pleasure to read and an excellent orientation to Gregory's life and work.’
    • ‘In other words, we must do here and now what our theological forebears-including our patristic and monastic forebears-did there and then.’
    • ‘Like his nationality, the maleness of Jesus has no Christological significance in patristic tradition.’
    • ‘The doctrine of the Trinity as we know it came about as the result of a lengthy theological process during the patristic era.’
    • ‘Are we placing the early patristic development upon a level of authority equal to that of Scripture?’
    • ‘In the patristic period, the Tetragrammaton played little role in Christian theology, largely because of linguistic obstacles.’
    • ‘The work will give strong impetus to the growing interest in the history of patristic exegesis in the English-speaking world.’
    • ‘This could theoretically have been suggestive of an alternative view, but to my knowledge this did not occur in the patristic era.’
    • ‘Thus it is more like a volume of patristic exegesis of Scripture than a modern work of history or theology.’
    • ‘Other sources, give the biblical, patristic and theological arguments for this better than me though.’
    • ‘The patristic and medieval use of figural exegesis had a singular importance in the development of a Christian vision of the church.’
    • ‘Rather than imposing their own agenda onto Scripture, the scholastics were following long-standing patristic traditions of interpretation.’


Mid 19th century from German patristisch, from Latin pater, patr- ‘father’.