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Definitions for hypostasis
haɪˈpɒs tə sɪs, hɪ-; -ˌsizhy·posta·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hypostasis, epistasisnoun

    the suppression of a gene by the effect of an unrelated gene

  2. hypostasisnoun

    the accumulation of blood in an organ

  3. hypostasis, hypostasis of Christnoun

    any of the three persons of the Godhead constituting the Trinity especially the person of Christ in which divine and human natures are united

  4. hypostasisnoun

    (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality


  1. hypostasisnoun

    A sedimentary deposit, especially in urine.

  2. hypostasisnoun

    The essential person, specifically the single person of Christ (as distinguished from his two 'natures', human and divine), or of the three 'persons' of the Trinity (comprising a single 'essence').

  3. hypostasisnoun

    The underlying reality or substance of something.

  4. hypostasisnoun

    The effect of one gene preventing another from expressing.

  5. Etymology: From ecclesiastical hypostasis, from ὑπόστασις, from ὑπό + στάσις.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Etymology: hypostase, French; ὑϖόστασις.

    The oneness of our Lord Jesus Christ, referring to the several hypostases in the one eternal, indivisible, divine nature, and the eternity of the Son’s generation, and his co-eternity and consubstantiality with the Father, are assertions equivalent to those before comprised in the ancient more simple article. Henry Hammond, on Fundamentals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hypostasisnoun

    that which forms the basis of anything; underlying principle; a concept or mental entity conceived or treated as an existing being or thing

  2. Hypostasisnoun

    substance; subsistence; essence; person; personality; -- used by the early theologians to denote any one of the three subdivisions of the Godhead, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

  3. Hypostasisnoun

    principle; an element; -- used by the alchemists in speaking of salt, sulphur, and mercury, which they considered as the three principles of all material bodies

  4. Hypostasisnoun

    that which is deposited at the bottom of a fluid; sediment

  5. Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. subsistence, substance, fr. to stand under; under + to stand, middle voice of to cause to stand. See Hypo-, and Stand.]


  1. Hypostasis

    The concept of hypostasis as the shared existence of spiritual or corporal entities has been used in a number of religious and intellectual settings. The word hypostasis means underlying state or underlying substance, and is the fundamental reality that supports all else. In Neoplatonism the hypostasis of the Soul, Spirit and the One was addressed by Plotinus. In Christian theology, a hypostasis or person is one of the three elements of the Holy Trinity.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hypostasis

    hī-pos′ta-sis, n. a substance: the essence or real personal subsistence or substance of each of the three divisions of the Godhead.—adjs. Hypostat′ic, -al.—adv. Hypostat′ically.—v.t. Hypos′tatīse. [L.,—Gr. hypostasishyphistēmihypo, under, histēmi, I make to stand.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypostasis in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypostasis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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