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A member of a sect founded by Paul of Samosata in the 3rd cent. a.d., which rejected the separate personalities of the Logos and the Holy Spirit. Also (occasionally) as adjective.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Elizabeth Cary (1585–1639), writer and translator. From post-classical Latin Paulianista member of a sect founded by Paul of Samosata in the 3rd cent. a.d. from Paulianus + -ista, originally after French Paulianiste. Compare Byzantine Greek Παυλιανιστής.
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