Definition of Porphyrian in English:

Porphyrian

Pronunciation /pɔːˈfɪrɪən/

adjective

  • Of or relating to Porphyry or to his doctrines.

noun

  • A disciple or follower of Porphyry.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in The Holie Bible, conteynyng the Olde Testament and the Newe. From post-classical Latin Porphyrianus from Porphyrius, the name of Porphyry, Neo-Platonic philosopher and opponent of Christianity (a.d. 233–306; Hellenistic Greek Πορϕύριος from πορϕύρα purple + -ιος, suffix forming adjectives: see note below) + classical Latin -ānus.