- noun(Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom (Freq. 3)• Instance Hyponyms:↑Ambrose, ↑Saint Ambrose, ↑St. Ambrose, ↑Athanasius, ↑Saint Athanasius, ↑St. Athanasius, ↑Athanasius the Great, ↑Augustine, ↑Saint Augustine, ↑St. Augustine, ↑Augustine of Hippo, ↑Basil, ↑St. Basil, ↑Basil of Caesarea, ↑Basil the Great, ↑St. Basil the Great, ↑Gregory, ↑Gregory Nazianzen, ↑Gregory of Nazianzen, ↑St. Gregory of Nazianzen, ↑Irenaeus, ↑Saint Irenaeus, ↑St. Irenaeus, ↑Jerome, ↑Saint Jerome, ↑St. Jerome, ↑Hieronymus, ↑Eusebius Hieronymus, ↑Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus, ↑John Chrysostom, ↑St. John Chrysostom
* * *nounUsage: sometimes capitalized C&F: father 4
* * *father (def. 13).[1855-60]
* * *church father,one of the fathers or leaders of the early Christian Church.
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