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1. Of or relating to the theological doctrine, declared heretical in 431, that within Jesus are two distinct persons, divine and human, rather than a single divine person.
2. Of or relating to a Christian church whose teachings are historically derived from this doctrine.

[After Nestoriuswho was accused of propounding this doctrine.]

Nes·to′ri·an n.
Nes·to′ri·an·ism n.
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(Theology) the doctrine that Christ was two distinct persons, divine and human, implying a denial that the Virgin Mary was the mother of God. It is attributed to Nestorius and survives in the Iraqi Church
Nesˈtorian n, adj
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a 5th-century heresy concerning Christ’s nature, asserting that the human and divine were in harmony but separate and that Mary should be considered the Mother of Christ, not of God. — Nestorian, n., adj.
See also: Christ
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Nestorianism - the theological doctrine (named after Nestorius) that Christ is both the son of God and the man Jesus (which is opposed to Roman Catholic doctrine that Christ is fully God)
heresy, unorthodoxy - a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group
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