from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Christianity An adherent of Sabellianism.
  • n. See Sabellic.
  • n. A speaker of a Sabellic language.

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  • proper n. a language once spoken in Umbria, Italy
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Sabellian language.
  • n. a member of a group of early Italian peoples comprising the Sabines, Samnites, and others.
  • n. A follower of Sabellius.
  • n. A Modalistic Monarchian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the doctrines or tenets of Sabellius. See Sabellian, n.
  • n. A follower of Sabellius, a presbyter of Ptolemais in the third century, who maintained that there is but one person in the Godhead, and that the Son and Holy Spirit are only different powers, operations, or offices of the one God the Father.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the Sabellians.
  • n. One of a primitive Italian people which included the Sabines, Samnites, Luca-nians, etc.
  • Of or pertaining to Sabellius or his doctrines or followers. See Sabellianism.
  • n. A follower of Sabellius, a philosopher of the third century. See Sabellianism.

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  • n. an extinct Osco-Umbrian language of ancient Italy that survives only in a few inscriptions


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From Sabellius, 3rd century A.D. Roman Christian prelate and theologian


  • I need not tell you that Piedmont is one of the most fertile and agreeable countries in Europe, and this the most agreeable part of all Piedmont, though it now appeared to disadvantage from the rigorous season of the year: I shall only observe that we passed through Sabellian, which is a considerable town, and arrived in the evening at Turin.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • Sabellian modalism is usually rejected on the grounds that such modes are strictly sequential, or because they are not intrinsic features of God, or because they are intrinsic but not essential features of God.


  • Sabellian and other ancient modalists are sometimes called


  • While Sabellian modalism was rejected for the reasons above, it is less clear why other kinds of modalism should be rejected.


  • Eustatius, bishop of Antioch, of being a Sabellian; and Eustatius accused Eusebius of being an Arian.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Christian expired under the sword of the Roman executioner, excommunicated by the Ebionite Christian, which Ebionite was anathematized by the Sabellian.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • And even though we can read Hobbes's formulation in a non-Sabellian way, it doesn't have anything in it to prevent a Sabellian reading.

    Personation and Personated Things

  • In the historical period the Apennines were inhabited by Sabellian peoples who spoke a variety of Osco-Umbrian languages and who periodically raided and sometimes conquered the fertile plains around them.

    b. The Peoples of Italy

  • The great cultural units of historical Italy—Etruscan, Latin, Sabellian, and Iapygian in Apulia; Venetic in Venetia—were formed in the 9th and 8th centuries.

    b. The Peoples of Italy

  • In that to the Tarsians there is found a plain allusion to the Sabellian heresy, which did not arise till after the middle of the third century.

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus


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