(redirected from Heteroousians)


 (hĕt′ə-rō-o͞o′sē-ən, -ou′sē-ən) also Het·er·ou·si·an (hĕt′ə-ro͞o′-, -rou′-)
A Christian who believes that the substance and nature of God the Father and God the Son are different; an Arian.

[From Greek heteroousios, differing in substance : hetero-, hetero- + ousiā, substance, nature; see Homoiousian.]

Het′er·o·ou′si·an, Het′er·ou′si·an adj.


(ˌhɛtərəʊˈuːsɪən; -ˈaʊsɪən)
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a Christian who maintains that God the Father and God the Son are different in substance
(Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to this belief
[C17: from Late Greek heteroousios, from Greek hetero- + ousia nature]
References in periodicals archive ?
He situates the Heteroousians (Aetius and Eunomius) within the philosophical and theological traditions that preceded them.
What sets the Heteroousians apart from their Eusebian forebears is the move to reduce divine substance to unbegottenness.
However, the Heteroousians drew upon this theory without employing Athanasius's subtle, but crucial, distinction between the sense of names and their reference.