One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person whose understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity resembles that of Photinus, a heretical 4th-cent. bishop of Sirmium, who taught some form (variously interpreted) of Monarchianism.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of Photinus or Photinianism.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Jewel (1522–1571), bishop of Salisbury. From post-classical Latin Photinianus, adjective and noun from Photinus (Byzantine Greek Φωτεινός: see below), the name of a heretical 4th-cent. bishop of Sirmium + classical Latin -iānus.
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