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A student of or expert in patristics.
A person whose behaviour or attitude is modelled on or dominated by his or her father.
Exhibiting a father's influence; characterized by paternal (as opposed to maternal) domination.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Ogilvie's Imperial Dictionary. From classical Latin patr-, pater father or ancient Greek πατρ-, πατήρ father + -ist, after patristics. Compare post-classical Latin patrista person who follows the doctrine of the Fathers of the Church<br>1940s. From classical Latin patr-, pater father + -ist.
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