Definition of ousia in English:

ousia

noun

  • 1Theology= "substance".

  • 2Metaphysics. Substance, essence, being, specifically. Aristotle's first category.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Arthur Stanley (1815–1881), dean of Westminster. From ancient Greek οὐσία substance, essence, in Byzantine Greek also in theological sense from ὀντ-, stem of present participle of εἶναι to be + -ία.

Pronunciation

ousia

/ˈuːzɪə//ˈaʊsɪə//ˈuːsɪə/