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An ancient Greek city of northwest Asia Minor on the Bosporus near present-day Istanbul. An important Christian ecclesiastical center, it was the site of an important ecumenical council (ad 451), which met to resolve questions concerning the nature of the Incarnation.
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Chal•ce•don(ˈkæl sɪˌdɒn, kælˈsid n)
an ancient city in NW Asia Minor, on the Bosporus: ecumenical council a.d. 451.
Chal`ce•do′ni•an (-ˈdoʊ ni ən) adj., n.
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|Noun||1.||Chalcedon - a former town on the Bosporus (now part of Istanbul); site of the Council of Chalcedon|
Constantinople, Istanbul, Stamboul, Stambul - the largest city and former capital of Turkey; rebuilt on the site of ancient Byzantium by Constantine I in the fourth century; renamed Constantinople by Constantine who made it the capital of the Byzantine Empire; now the seat of the Eastern Orthodox Church
|2.||Chalcedon - the fourth ecumenical council in 451 which defined the two natures (human and divine) of Christ|
ecumenical council - (early Christian church) one of seven gatherings of bishops from around the known world under the presidency of the Pope to regulate matters of faith and morals and discipline; "the first seven councils through 787 are considered to be ecumenical councils by both the Roman Catholic church and the Eastern Orthodox church but the next fourteen councils are considered ecumenical only by the Roman Catholic church"
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