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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.
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(Theology) theol belief in three gods, esp in the Trinity as consisting of three distinct gods
ˈtritheist n, adj
ˌtritheˈistic, ˌtritheˈistical adj
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(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.
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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
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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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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. And how did he get there?--by dogged loyalty to Aristotelian philosophical categories!)
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." (27) This misapprehension about the Christian (and the specifically Catholic) point of view continues to this day, as is illustrated by certain statements in Sheikh Al-Jerrahi's Blessed Virgin Mary and the current use of Muslim scholastic exegetical emphases when studying the qur'anic passages concerning Mary and Jesus.
"By repeating that word in reference to the Trinity today, we in effect become tritheists," Ostdiek said.
Notably, this passage becomes one of the proof-texts for the claim of the tritheists of the sixth century that the Fathers already used the term `ousia' for each of the three divine persons in the sense of an individual, particular substance.