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An ancient city of Bithynia in northwest Asia Minor. Dating from the fourth century bc, it flourished during Roman times. The Nicene Creed was adopted at an ecumenical council convened here by Constantine I in ad 325.

Ni·cae′an adj.
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(Placename) a variant of Nicene
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(naɪˈsin, ˈnaɪ sin)

also Nicaean

of or pertaining to Nicaea.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin Nīcēnus, Nīcaenus]
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Adj.1.Nicaean - of or relating to the ancient city of Nicaea in Asia Minor
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Without any lingering worries about borrowing the wisdom of Christians thinkers in other traditions, Roth engages core Nicaean convictions and patristic thought, Lutheranism, Calvinism, contemporary Catholicism, and (again) sacramental theology.
Ambrose (a bishop of Milan who lived between about 337 and 397 and became known for his enthusiastic support for the destruction of the synagogue at Mesopotamian Callinicum in 388) from drawing an explicit analogy between Abram's miraculous victory over four kings and the Nicaean council's similar victory over a dangerous heresy (Riviere, 1934).