Main definitions of Meletian in English

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Meletian1

(also Melitian)

Pronunciation /məˈliːʃn/

noun

Christian Church
  • A member of a schismatic Church founded in Egypt in the early 4th century by Melitius, bishop of Lycopolis, who objected to the return to the church of Christians who had temporarily renounced their faith under persecution.

    The Meletians were active as a minor sect until the 8th century.

adjective

Christian Church
  • Of or relating to this sect.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Meredith Hanmer (1543–1604), Church of England and Church of Ireland clergyman and historian. From Byzantine Greek Μελητιανός, Μελιτιανός from Μελήτιος, the name of Melitius, bishop of Lycopolis in the Thebaid (d. 326) + -ανος.

Main definitions of Meletian in English

: Meletian1Meletian2

Meletian2

Pronunciation /məˈliːʃn/

noun

Christian Church
  • A member of a party in the Church of Antioch comprising those Orthodox Christians who continued to accept the authority of St Meletius (consecrated bishop in a.d. 360), despite the deposition and exile which he suffered early in his episcopate.

    The election of a rival created a schism which persisted for over fifty years.

adjective

Christian Church
  • Of or relating to this party.

Origin

Early 17th century. From the name of St Meletius (Greek Μελήτιος), Bishop of Antioch (d. 381) + -an, perhaps after a formation in Byzantine Greek or post-classical Latin.