Main definitions of Arian in English

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Arian1

noun

  • A person born under the sign of Aries.

    • ‘Take care also to have all of the legal formalities correct and in order - sun sign Arians are renowned for a distaste for ‘petty’ legalities!’
    • ‘Plenty of exercise is a must to keep your Aries child happy and healthy - and often young Arians just can't seem to keep still.’
    • ‘Even Zurich, who commissioned the research into insurance claims for car accidents, have declared that they will not be charging fender-bending Ariens higher premiums.’
    • ‘Marketers could use positive Arien traits, for example, to promote a product to those consumers who aspire to be like Ariens.’
    • ‘It is true that they may not have the flair and excessive energy of their fellow Ariens, for the fire of their Sun sign is grounded by the Taurus earth provided in the Moon sign.’
    • ‘True, you won't necessarily fit in with the new romantics' misty sentiments right away, but, deep down, Ariens have a poetic nature, and the coming era nurtures it.’
    • ‘Like all Ariens, this group of people will be vibrantly sensual.’
    • ‘‘Exactly what I said,’ I reply forcefully, though I don't feel like engaging in a battle of wills with such a blatant Arien who for some obscure reason was born in February instead.’
    • ‘Male Arians often suffer from baldness or thinning of the hair.’
    • ‘In contrast to the independence of Sun sign Arians, those with Aries rising have a very strong need for a permanent partner, and they can be surprisingly understanding, compassionate and tolerant of their loved ones.’
    • ‘Unlike most Ariens, the Aries / Virgo is somewhat conservative and cautious, basing actions upon the precedent of experience and reason.’

adjective

  • Relating to a person born under the sign of Aries.

    • ‘Other people are attracted to the high-spirited personality of the Ariens.’
    • ‘As far as being in Aries is concerned, the jovial and expansive nature of Jupiter is very well suited to the outgoing nature of the Arian sign.’
    • ‘Whilst encouraging an early love of activity and sports, do take care that your little one plays and exercises safely - that Arian tendency to act first and think about it later can have dangerous consequences.’
    • ‘The energy and enthusiasm exuded from the Arien nature is channeled both into creative endeavors and into the pursuit of power and status.’
    • ‘There is a tendency to what some might consider utter selfishness in the Arien personality, but confront your Aries mate with such an accusation and their reaction will very probably be one of complete incomprehension.’
    • ‘The Arien personality may be energetic, enthusiastic, and intrigued by excitement, but the Virgo inner nature holds some of those passions in check.’
    • ‘Don’t think that once the Arien hunter has captured its game that he or she will be satisfied.’
    • ‘As present astral energies activate your more autocratic Arian qualities you want results, and you want them NOW!’
    • ‘The Arien personality is pioneering, energetic, and swift acting, and the Aquarius inner nature is idealistic, blessed with great imagination, and is tuned to the future.’
    • ‘Ideally, the Arien courage and initiative should uplift the Piscean inner nature, enabling the person born into this Sun-Moon sign to put all those creative ideas into practice.’

Pronunciation

Arian

/ˈɛːrɪən/

Main definitions of Arian in English

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Arian2

noun

  • An adherent of the doctrine of Arianism.

    • ‘When D' Ewes looked at the broader history of Christianity, he noted that the fifth-century victory over the Pelagians, like that over the Arians earlier, had not lasted.’
    • ‘Only then, at the very end of the 5th century, did the Bishop of Rome have a king who might be called upon to defend the faith, for the Arians were all heretics in the eyes of Rome (and of Constantinople, for that matter).’
    • ‘This did however stir up enormous fights among the early Christians and the Arians ended up getting the boot.’
    • ‘The council boldly claimed this as the faith of the Church and named Arianism as a heresy and Arians as heretics.’
    • ‘To counter the Arians, Basil needed more allies.’
    • ‘Justin I in Constantinople was an orthodox Christian whereas Theodoric was an Arian.’
    • ‘Richard Rorty says twice that St Augustine was involved in the fight against the Arians.’
    • ‘The persecuted Arians thought of themselves as making a last brave stand against irrationalist mystery-mongers (such as Augustine) and their rigid orthodoxies.’
    • ‘The Arians, who denied the full divinity of Christ, were spotlighted at the Council of Nicaea, and most of the council's work focused on accurately defining Jesus' nature.’
    • ‘Yet, as Athanasius and his cobelligerents knew, Christianity itself hung upon the debate with the Arians.’
    • ‘Although anti-Augustinianism is implicit in the works of Renaissance Christian humanists, Erasmus and his friends were careful never to declare themselves Arians or Pelagians.’
    • ‘However, this act of submission did not silence the correct rumors that he, like Newton himself, was still an Arian.’
    • ‘After all, it would seem ‘a terrible thing’ to express one's creed against others, in this case the Arians.’
    • ‘Constantius, an Arian and therefore technically a heretic, returned the Empire to a single rule.’
    • ‘When the General Baptist Churches in England became Arian in the eighteenth century it was not long before they began to die.’
    • ‘In this case Newman made his identification implicitly, by a comparison of the authorities central to both the Arians and the liberals.’
    • ‘As soon as he came to Constantinople Theodosius began expelling the Arians, who had hitherto been in possession.’
    • ‘Though there are similarities between Newman's state of mind preceding his work on the Arians and the Monophysites, there is a crucial difference between the two projects.’
    • ‘Being Arians, they built two churches of their faith in the vicinity of Calpe; one at San Rocco, the other, a chapel, on the rock itself.’
    • ‘After his condemnation, all those who drew back from the most robust affirmations of Christ's full divinity tended to be branded Arians by their opponents.’

adjective

  • Of or concerning Arianism.

    • ‘The Arian crisis, both for its longevity and its melodrama, puts modern-day soap operas to shame.’
    • ‘Ulfilas was himself a Goth who converted, but he converted to Arian Christianity, and it was the Arian heresy that spread throughout the Gothic tribes.’
    • ‘Henry Newman got into trouble with the Roman authorities when he wrote that, during the Arian period, it was the people who preserved the authentic faith while bishops and priests lapsed into heresy.’
    • ‘The Arian denial of the Godhead of the Son (at the time of Nicaea) had carried with it the corollary that the Spirit too might be inferior to the Son, as the Son was to the Father.’
    • ‘Although the church had denounced this view at the Council of Nicea in 325, the mistaken ideas of the Arian sect lived on.’
    • ‘Accepting that the barbarians had come to stay, he spent his years in St Peter's chair sending missionaries to convert them to Christianity or where necessary wean them off the Arian heresy.’
    • ‘First, the Arian heresy overextends God's unity by referring to diversity and difference in God rather than distinction.’
    • ‘It's worth keeping in mind that the Church venerates as saints at least 2 persons who died as heretics: there are 2 Arian saints in the Roman Martyrology.’
    • ‘That removes him from the strictly Arian camp but still leaves him short of a robust Trinitarian orthodoxy.’
    • ‘They were Arian Christians - Christians who believed that Jesus Christ was not of one identical substance with God.’
    • ‘With the Nicene resolution against the Arian subordination of the Son, the tendency to subordinate the Spirit was intensified.’
    • ‘In January, 381, the prefect had orders to close all Arian chapels in the city and to expel those who served them.’
    • ‘Goths had their own Arian churches (as can still be seen in Ravenna), and surviving documents written by clerics show that Gothic was spoken there.’
    • ‘So many were seduced by the Arian heresy that St Athanasius, who championed the Creed at Nicea, famously said, ‘The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of bishops.’’
    • ‘From the Arian controversy he learned that it was a mistake to distinguish the persons by their attributes.’
    • ‘The Arians of the Fourth Century helped to establish the historiographic attitude towards heresy in British Arian scholarship.’
    • ‘A third wave of Arian studies has resulted in constructive attempts to understand heresy.’
    • ‘They were divided from the local population by their adherence to the Arian form of Christianity, and by their military status.’
    • ‘It accommodates the Arian teaching that Christ was a lesser deity created by God.’
    • ‘It's what you'd call the Arian heresy that we have to deal with.’

Pronunciation

Arian

/ˈɛːrɪən/