Definition of Paternian in English:

Paternian

noun

Church History
rare
  • 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.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Paternian

/pəˈtəːnɪən/