• WordNet 3.6
    • adj christian following the teachings or manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus Christ
    • adj Christian relating to or characteristic of Christianity "Christian rites"
    • n Christian a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hans Christian Andersen Hans Christian Andersen
Jake As Christian Jake As Christian
From the Ordinarye of Christians, c. 1550 From the Ordinarye of Christians, c. 1550

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ukrainian monk, Dionysius Exiguus, created the modern day Christian calendar
    • Christian Characteristic of Christian people; civilized; kind; kindly; gentle; beneficent. "The graceful tact; the Christian art."
    • Christian One born in a Christian country or of Christian parents, and who has not definitely becomes an adherent of an opposing system.
    • Christian (Eccl) One of a Christian denomination which rejects human creeds as bases of fellowship, and sectarian names. They are congregational in church government, and baptize by immersion. They are also called Disciples of Christ, and Campbellites.
    • Christian (Eccl) One of a sect (called Christian Connection) of open-communion immersionists. The Bible is their only authoritative rule of faith and practice.
    • Christian One who believes, or professes or is assumed to believe, in Jesus Christ, and the truth as taught by Him; especially, one whose inward and outward life is conformed to the doctrines of Christ. "The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch."
    • Christian Pertaining to Christ or his religion; as, Christian people.
    • Christian Pertaining to the church; ecclesiastical; as, a Christian court.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hans Christian Andersen, Cher, Tom Cruise, Albert Einstein, Whoopie Goldberg, Greg Louganis, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Gen. George S. Patton, are (were) all dyslexics.
    • Christian Pertaining to or derived from Christ or his teachings: as, the Christian religion.
    • Christian Received into the body of the church of Christ; acting in the manner, or having the spiritual character, proper to a follower of Christ: as, a Christian man.
    • Christian Having adopted or believing in the religion of Christ: as, a Christian nation; a Christian community.
    • Christian In accord with or exhibiting the spirit of the teachings of Christ: as, Christian conduct.
    • Christian Ecclesiastical.
    • n Christian A believer in and follower of Jesus Christ; a member of a Christian church. This word occurs but three times in the New Testament, and then under circumstances which justify the conclusion that it was originally coined as a sneering appellation by the enemies of Christianity. The names employed by the followers of Christ in the apostolic church to designate themselves were disciples, followers, believers, brethren, and saints.
    • n Christian Specifically, one who possesses the spiritual character proper to a follower of Christ; one who exemplifies in his life the teachings of Christ.
    • n Christian A member of a nation which, as a whole, has adopted some form of Christianity: opposed to pagan, Moslem, and Jew.
    • n Christian A civilized human being, as distinguished from a savage or a brute.
    • n Christian (Generally pronounced, distinctively, krīs′ tian.) A member of an American sect which arose between 1793 and 1804 among the Methodists of North Carolina, the Baptists of Vermont, and the Presbyterians of Kentucky and Tennessee. These bodies, at first unknown to each other, severally rejected all names but that of Christians, and were soon organized into a common denomination, now known collectively as the Christian Connection. They have no formulated creed, but are generally Unitarians in doctrine and Baptists in practice, and their government is congregational. Thev have a general quadrennial conference, and number about 150,000.
    • n Christian A member of a religious sect, properly designated Disciples of Christ (which see, under disciple).
    • n Christian A member of Christ's College, Cambridge, or of Christ Church, Oxford.
    • Christian To baptize.
    • n Christian A gold coin first struck in 1775 by Christian VII. of Denmark as duke of Holstein, of the value of a pistole, or about $4.12. Also christian d'or.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hans Christian Anderson, creater of fairy tales, was word-blind. He never learned to spell correctly, and his publishers always had errors
    • Christian a follower of Christ:
    • Christian (coll.) a human being
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  • William Blake
    “Christianity is art and not money. Money is its curse.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.”
  • Albert Camus
    “What the world requires of the Christians is that they should continue to be Christians.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Christianity is completed Judaism or it is nothing.”
  • Billy Graham
    “A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. christianus, Gr. ; cf. AS. cristen,. See Christ
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. crist—Gr. Christos—and chriein, chrisein, to anoint.


In literature:

Pagan festivals became Christian holidays, and Pagan temples became Christian churches.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
Tenderness and love, however obscured at times by formalism and bigotry, owe much to their nurture by Christianity.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
There never can in the future be a dividing of the world into Christianity {49} and not Christianity.
"Modern Substitutes for Christianity" by Pearson McAdam Muir
If so, what we need is not more Christians, but better Christians.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians" by Charles Gore
We now turn to those women of the Gospels who were the acknowledged friends of Jesus and of the founders of Christianity.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
There were Christians in Scotland and in India; there had long been great numbers of Christians in Persia and Arabia.
"Sketches of Church History" by James Craigie Robertson
And there were special reasons why it should have been expressed in writing at this moment, and to the Roman Christians.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. I" by Charles Gore
Here, then, is the whole secret of Christian truthfulness.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. II" by Charles Gore
It is needed no less to-day to save us from falling back into non-Christian ways of thinking.
"Some Essentials of Religion" by J. C. Roper
Mental stagnation is not Christian life, neither does sterile orthodoxy deserve the name.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie

In poetry:

"I do not laugh
Like a Christian fool
But in silence quaff
The liquor cool
"Abu Midjan" by George MacDonald
"I've come, DE PECKHAM RYE,
To do a Christian task;
You ask me what would I?
It is not much I ask.
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Shivering midst the darkness
Christian men are found,
There devoutly kneeling
On the frozen ground,--
"Beechenbrook - IV" by Margaret Junkin Preston
He of true Christian ways
As bright example sent us is -
This maxim he obeys,
"Phrenology" by William Schwenck Gilbert
What of the night
That lights and dims the stars?
Do you know, Hans Christian,
Now that you see the night?
"Sonatina To Hans Christian" by Wallace Stevens
No more, as we have seen her,
The light and life of home,
Of christian-like demeanor,
Which ever brightly shone:
"On The Death Of Miss Eleanora Henderson" by David John Scott

In news:

NORMAN — On a cold and windy Saturday, Community Christian faced off against one of its toughest opponents of the year in Sunrise Christian.
Oklahoma Christian Center Will Reinke weaved in out of traffic to throw down a powerful one-handed dunk in the game against Mid-American Christian.
Will Reinke scored 27 points, gathered 16 boards, six blocks and five assists in an 87-63 Oklahoma Christian victory over Mid-America Christian.
The Evangel Christian School girls' basketball team closed out its regular season Feb 6 with its 14th straight win, knocking off Alabama Christian Sports Conference opponent East Central of Moody 51-25.
Their church is Coptic Orthodox, the largest Christian church in Egypt and the Middle East with services similar to other Christian faiths.
The Lenawee Christian volleyball team swept Toledo Emmanuel Christian 25-14, 25-15, 25-15 in Thursday's home match.
Whereas, the American media says the United States is a Christian nation but, are we rather a nation of weekend Christians.
I'm writing in response to the idea that Christian prayer in a public meeting is inequitable in view of the fact that some Maderans are not Christian.
I identify myself as a "gospel feminist ," a Christian feminist who aspires to the radical commitment that manifestd itself in abortion debates as "pro-life feminism ," and in just war arguments as a dedication to Christian nonviolence.
The Lions' season came to an end as the Lifegate Christian School Falcons defeated Community Christian, 57-12.
Hare was a strong Christian woman who, in the past, led a children's Sunday school class and was a member of First Christian Church in Tulia.
Today Paul Pepper welcomes the relaxing harp music of MARIA TREVOR, Broadway Christian Church TIM CARSON, also from Broadway Christian Church, joins the discussion.
Participants in a Haunted Concert, held Oct 30 in Roseville, included, from left, Core Placer graduate Christian Hollingsworth and 9th-grader Christian Liu and Jessica Liu, in the 6th grade, at the Colfax school.
Ballard Christian ends title chase by Heritage Christian.
Faith Christian endured a 39-14 loss to Hilltop Christian on Thursday in the Southeast Tipoff Tournament.

In science:

B´ela Bollob´as, Christian Borgs, Jennifer T.
On the critical exponents of random k-SAT
B´ela Bollob´as, Christian Borgs, Jennifer T.
On the critical exponents of random k-SAT
Christian Bar, Elliptic Symbols, december 1995, Math.
Wess Zumino Couplings for Generalized Sigma Orbifold Fixed-points
We are very grateful to professors Sidney Redner, Christian Krattenthaler and Emeric Deutsch who provided us with comments, suggestions and relevant references after the appearance of our preliminary draft, cond-mat/0011360, which eventually evolved into the present paper.
Enumeration of simple random walks and tridiagonal matrices
For summer and post-doctoral support and many valuable discussions, I thank the members of the Theory Group at Microsoft Research, particularly Henry Cohn, David Wilson, Oded Schramm, Jennifer Chayes, and Christian Borgs.
Random Surfaces