Definition of Paternian in English:


Pronunciation /pəˈtəːnɪən/


rare Christian Church
  • A member of a Manichaean sect (condemned as heretical by a council held at Rome in 367) which held that God made the higher parts of the body and Satan the lower ones. Usually in plural.


Late Middle English; earliest use found in Reginald Pecock (c1392–?1459), bishop of Chichester and religious author. From post-classical Latin Paterniani, plural.