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n. Christianity
The belief that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three separate and distinct gods, heretical in orthodox Christianity.

tri′the·ist n.
tri′the·is′tic, tri′the·is′ti·cal adj.


(Theology) theol belief in three gods, esp in the Trinity as consisting of three distinct gods
ˈtritheist n, adj
ˌtritheˈistic, ˌtritheˈistical adj


(ˈtraɪ θiˌɪz əm)

belief in three Gods, esp. in the doctrine that the three persons of the Trinity are three distinct Gods.
tri′the•ist, n., adj.
tri`the•is′tic, tri`the•is′ti•cal, adj.


1. the heretical belief that the Trinity consists of three distinct gods.
2. any polytheistic religion having three gods. — tritheist, n. — tritheistic, tritheistical, adj.
See also: Christianity
1. a belief in three gods.
2. a Christian heresy holding that the Trinity consists of three distinct gods. — tritheist, n.
See also: God and Gods
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tritheism - (Christianity) the heretical belief that the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are three separate godstritheism - (Christianity) the heretical belief that the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are three separate gods
heresy, unorthodoxy - a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
polytheism - belief in multiple Gods
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
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His writing is both philosophical and theological, though on the theological side some of his more exuberant comments may seem strange to the ordinary Christian reader: thus we read that "Aquinas's doctrine gives us no warrant for saying there are three persons in God," and that if we do so "in the ordinary sense of person," "we are tritheists.
If Newton downplayed the distinction of Persons, none other than John Philoponus went all out for it, ranking as one of theological history's rather few tritheists.
At other times, we are virtual tritheists, thinking of God as a community of different individuals who have a special ability consistently to do things together.
Operating under the assumption that Christians were tritheists, scholastic Muslims placed a low priority on the dogmatic significance of key issues in Mary's story and instead emphasized its core "affirmation of God's Oneness and unlimited power.
By repeating that word in reference to the Trinity today, we in effect become tritheists," Ostdiek said.