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Definition of "hypostasis" [hy•pos•ta•sis]

  • Philosophy The substance, essence, or underlying reality. (noun)
  • Christianity Any of the persons of the Trinity. (noun)
  • Christianity The essential person of Jesus in which his human and divine natures are united. (noun)
  • Something that has been hypostatized. (noun)
  • A settling of solid particles in a fluid. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hypostasis" in a sentence
  • "For this reason he understood the term hypostasis/substance not in the objective sense (of a reality present within us), but in the subjective sense, as an expression of an interior attitude, and so, naturally, he also had to understand the term argumentum as a disposition of the subject."
  • "For the Fathers and for the theologians of the Middle Ages, it was clear that the Greek word hypostasis was to be rendered in Latin with the term substantia."
  • "I wonder if Logos and Wisdom are more on the divine side of the ledger and if we can use the word hypostasis?"