Definition of hypostasis in English:

hypostasis

noun

  • 1Medicine
    The accumulation of fluid or blood in the lower parts of the body or organs under the influence of gravity, as occurs in cases of poor circulation or after death.

  • 2Philosophy
    An underlying reality or substance, as opposed to attributes or that which lacks substance.

    • ‘It is true that in popular fashion we can say of a commodity that ‘a lot of work has gone into it.’’
    • ‘As an aesthetic criterion of evaluation, this requirement ties the success or failure of the object to a form of hypostasis.’
    • ‘Adequate doctrine must put essence and hypostasis on the same level of reality and importance.’
    • ‘The use of multiple voice-overs, often indistinguishable, replaces the hierarchy of hypostases with the equality of beings.’
    • ‘And indeed by referring to those situations, Levinas wants to detect the specific features of an hypostasis opposed to all ek-stasis.’
    1. 2.1Theology
      (in Trinitarian doctrine) each of the three persons of the Trinity, as contrasted with the unity of the Godhead.
      • ‘The grace of God in the Logos is the means by which the human soul comes to a contemplation of the divine hypostases.’
      • ‘The essence of the Trinity is the self-revelation of the Father through the revealing hypostases of Word and Spirit.’
      • ‘If so, the consequence is that the hypostases, Father, Son and Spirit, do become inner relations.’
      • ‘The mystical fathers of the church also teach of what can be called a fourth type of icon-the hypostasis of God, the image of His being.’
      • ‘For he is the image not of the will nor of anything else except the actual hypostasis of the Father.’
    2. 2.2Theology
      [in singular]The single person of Christ, as contrasted with his dual human and divine nature.
      • ‘It is his divine hypostasis itself that thus shares in death, for it is the hypostasis of his human nature indissolubly united with the divine.’
      • ‘Their closeness to God is such that he could bind himself with this nature to a hypostasis and so himself give honor to this mortal flesh.’

Origin

Early 16th century (in theological use): via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek hupostasis sediment later essence, substance from hupo under + stasis standing.

Pronunciation:

hypostasis

/hīˈpästəsəs/