Definition of Paulianist in English:

Paulianist

noun

Church History
  • 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.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

Paulianist

/ˈpɔːlɪənɪst/