Definition of Petrine in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpētrīn/ /ˈpitraɪn/

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  • 1Christian Theology
    Relating to St. Peter or his writings or teachings.

    ‘the New Testament reflects a conflict between an earlier Petrine theology and a later Pauline type’
    • ‘The Catholic church is a very hierarchical organisation, so if the Pope comes out with something, and it becomes seen to be Papal, Petrine teaching, it can actually make its way down to the pews pretty quickly.’
    • ‘Those who wish to find a place for a Protestant recognition of the Petrine ministry on the journey to full communion will appreciate the perspectives offered in these essays; others will be less convinced.’
    • ‘The narrator's inauthentic Christianity is dramatized in what amounts to an evocation of the three Petrine denials.’
    1. 1.1Relating to the authority of the Pope over the Church, in his role as the successor of St. Peter.
      ‘his sermon explored the authority by which the Pope governed, the Petrine commission’
      • ‘Allen offers a brief account of the development of papal governance, as well as an intelligent consideration of the arguments, pro and con, for the ‘centralization’ of Petrine authority.’
      • ‘By now the whole western Church was coordinated around the Petrine see, with the partial exception of the Celtic Irish Church, which maintained its own separate organization and practices.’
      • ‘Catholics tend to be more Petrine: a long obedience in the same direction which may have well begun before you can remember when it began.’
      • ‘Among major iconographical issues raised by the frescoes at the Brancacci Chapel, scenes of the Temptation and Expulsion at the entrance may seem out of place because the rest of the wall paintings belong to a Petrine programme.’
      • ‘Leo was the first to state the Petrine doctrine outright, saying that he was the ‘heir’ of St. Peter and that Christ had appointed Peter as head of his church.’
  • 2Relating to Peter I of Russia.

    ‘the Petrine reforms of the early 18th century’
    • ‘In my opinion, Hughes's readers would benefit from the reflections of D. S. Likhachëv, the dean of pre-Petrine Russia specialists, on the issue of continuity between Old Russia and Petrine Russia.’
    • ‘Up until his death in 1736 Prokopovich, the Archbishop of Novgorod, remained a stalwart of the Petrine legacy in which he himself had played a pivotal role.’
    • ‘LeDonne also briefly describes the use of economic policy to prop up Petrine grand strategy, through the creation of a military-industrial complex in the early 18th century.’
    • ‘The shift to educated monks occurred during Peter the Great's reign, when the Church began to require above all skilled administrators to accomplish the new tasks it had been assigned during the Petrine era.’
    • ‘One St. Petersburg observer noted that to attain Petrine status, ‘Putin, like Peter, will have to transform the entire mouth of the Neva as well as all of Russia.’’