Definition of trinity in US English:


nounPlural trinities

  • 1The Christian Godhead as one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    • ‘All the personalist philosophy of Wojtyla can be seen as a meditation upon the Trinity.’
    • ‘I don't know that the Trinity actually does work in contemporary Christianity.’
    • ‘My guess is that a great many of us have rarely if ever heard a sermon on the Trinity.’
    • ‘One of the reasons for that was it is the revelation of the three persons in one which is the Trinity.’
    • ‘He wants to teach us, move us, and convince us how much the whole Trinity cares for us.’
    • ‘Graeme Goldsworthy argues that the doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation for prayer.’
    • ‘The humanity of Christ provides the opportunity for the manifestation of the Trinity.’
    • ‘So there is a sense in which the Trinity is always seen as a bit of a hard or difficult topic.’
    • ‘None of the persons of the Trinity can forsake any other person in the Trinity.’
    • ‘She made numerous paintings of him and conceived a variety of ways to depict the Christian Trinity.’
    • ‘The immanent Trinity is the life of God as experienced by God: it is a mystery we cannot fathom.’
    • ‘He became a closet socinian, denying the doctrine of the Trinity; this made him even more secretive.’
    • ‘He questioned the validity of the Trinity which is central to all Christianity.’
    • ‘In this sense the Trinity provides a role model for family, society and church.’
    • ‘They further believe that he is God, the second person in the Trinity.’
    • ‘All three members of the Trinity are given equal importance in Christian worship.’
    • ‘These creeds settled basic issues such as the Trinity and deity of Christ.’
    • ‘That can be seen as the seed of the later doctrine of the Trinity.’
    • ‘The use of a Trinity formula of any sort was not suggested in the early Church history.’
    • ‘References to the doctrines of the Trinity and the incarnation, the cross and the resurrection abound.’
    1. 1.1 A group of three people or things.
      ‘the wine was the first of a trinity of three excellent vintages’
      • ‘Ultimately, we are called to love one another in trinities of mercy, love, and forgiveness, as God first loved us.’
      • ‘THIRUVAIYARU IN Thanjavur district is well known for being the place where saint composer Sri Thyagaraja, one of the music trinities, lived.’
      • ‘Gurdial Singh joined the school a couple of years later, and the trinity became a quartet.’
      • ‘So often in life we just ignore our souls and we're trinities.’
      • ‘In Maryland, for example, denying the trinity subjected one to punishments ranging from forfeiting all of one's property to imprisonment to having a hole burned in your tongue.’
      • ‘Holy trinities are not peculiar to Christianity; they are part of a very widespread and ancient tradition that recognised the power of number three.’
      • ‘It starts with a simple trinity and then there are 30 million, or 300 million, or 3,000 million lesser gods; I was told all three figures with absolute authority.’
      • ‘A mythological trinity of ancient Greek goddesses, another triangulation, provides a clue to the meaning of the three parts of the work.’
      • ‘The trouble is, says British sociologist, Bob Jessop the old Market / Civil Society / State trinity is being rather painfully reconfigured just now.’
      • ‘However, most Indonesian food shares the nearly universal culinary trinity of fish, coconut and chili.’
      • ‘And if we are created in his image, I also believe we are a trinity.’
      • ‘Each of these trinities are expiring one after the other because none can solve the confusion of a tri-une god.’
      • ‘The thing was that people, politics and the powers that be tend to form unholy trinities which are difficult to pull apart without the whole structure tumbling down.’
      • ‘But people's moral righteousness is tuned up by a most unholy trinity: sex, nationalism and empire.’
      • ‘It was believed that disrupting any triangle was like disrupting the trinity.’
      • ‘To which we can add such other Clausewitzian gems as friction, his two remarkable trinities, and his emphasis on the moral qualities.’
      • ‘‘An unholy trinity of poverty, ecological degradation and despair threatens to destabilize whole regions,’ he said.’
      • ‘Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.’
      trio, triplet, triplets, triumvirate, triad, troika, triunity, triangle, triplex
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    2. 1.2 The state of being three.
      ‘God is said to be trinity in unity’
      • ‘He is One in the true sense of the word that has no room for the concept of trinity, or for any other form of camouflage monotheism or a disguised polytheism.’
      • ‘In the early centuries of the Church, there were maddeningly diverse and often conflicting beliefs on core issues such as the human and divine natures of Christ, the unity and trinity of God, and much else.’
      • ‘The powerful movement is from trinity to unity.’
      • ‘Every human being is created in the image of God, so all human relationships are called to be a reflection of God's life of communion as trinity.’
      • ‘How could trinity use a nonexistent tool with an unknown vulnerability?’
      • ‘The primary considerations constituted by trinity, in other words.’
      • ‘Many churches teach nothing at all about the life of God as trinity.’


Middle English: from Old French trinite, from Latin trinitas ‘triad’, from trinus ‘threefold’ (see trine).