• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Patripassian (Eccl. Hist) One of a body of believers in the early church who denied the independent preëxistent personality of Christ, and who, accordingly, held that the Father suffered in the Son; a monarchian.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n patripassian A Monarchian who denied the distinction of three persons in one God, and held that there is only one divine Person, who in his eternal nature was termed the Father, but in his incarnation the Son, and who suffered in the passion as the Son. The term is said to occur first in literature in a treatise of Tertullian, about a. d. 200. Compare Sabellian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Patripassian pā-tri-pas′i-an a member of one of the earliest classes of anti-Trinitarian sectaries (2d century), who denied the distinction of three persons in one God, maintaining that the sufferings of the Son could be predicated of the Father.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. Patripassiani, pl.; L. pater, father + pati, passus, to suffer: cf. F. patripassiens,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pater, father, pati, passus, to suffer.


In literature:

These formulae were first subjected to examination in the Patripassian controversy.
"History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
Hence to these heretics the name of Patripassians was applied by the orthodox.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Let me ask you what you know of the Patripassian heresy?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 63, No. 391, May, 1848" by Various