Christian

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Etymology

Circa 1590, from [[Christianus#|Christianus]], from Ancient Greek {{ Template:Grc/script |Χριστιανός|face=term|lang=grc}}, from {{ Template:Grc/script |Χριστός|face=term|lang=grc}} (Christ, anointed one) + suffix [[-anus#|-anus]].

Noun

Christian (plural [[Christians#|Christians]])
  1. A believer in Christianity.
    • 2008, Christopher Catherwood, Making War in the Name of God, Page 188
      thousands of people have been killed in recent years in violence between Muslims and Christians.
    • 1997, Anne Field, From darkness to light: how one became a Christian in the early church (ISBN 1888212063)
  2. An individual who seeks to live his or her life according to the principles and values taught by Jesus Christ.

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  1. {{#invoke:Category handler|main}} found in England since the twelfth century.
    1. {{#invoke:Category handler|main}} of medieval usage, rare today.
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      1. (Articlesnot comparable) Of, like or relating to Christianity or Christians.
      2. (Articlesnot comparable) Of, like or relating to Jesus Christ.
      3. Kind, charitable; moral; a term of approbation.
        That's very Christian of you.
        • 1824, Susan Ferrier, The Inheritance
          I cannot help thinking there are people in the world who are very tiresome, very impertinent, and very disagreeable; yet, I don't think it would be a very Christian act were I to tell them so.
        • 1854, Nathaniel James Merriman, The Kafir, the Hottentot, and the frontier farmer (page 74)
          I must say I have seen him do a very Christian act at the Fish River. Some Kafir women were there eating; he begged of them; they refused to give him any food. .{{#invoke:String|rep| .|2}} I gave him some of the victuals we were enjoying, and he instantly broke the bread, and gave of it to these very Kafir women who had just refused any of theirs.
        • 1859, David W. Belisle, The American family Robinson (page 290)
          "Besides this," said the trapper, "it is hardly a Christian act to leave these two men to perish by the hands of the savages.{{#invoke:String|rep| .|2}}
        • 1867, Henry Shepheard, Ithuriel's spear; or, Is this Christianity? (page 118)
          So, in his esteem, an auto da fé — an "act of faith," as the words mean — is really an act of faith — an act of such faith as the author of "Ecce Homo" approves — a most Christian act — a most humane act.{{#invoke:String|rep| .|2}}
        • 1867?, Janet Robertson, Christine; or, Common-Place People
          I have only been at home two days, and here I am come on the third to see you and Tiny, so it is not Christian of you — as my mother would say — to receive your dutiful grand-nephew in such an unkind manner.{{#invoke:String|rep| .|2}}
        • 1981, Mary Leader, Salem's Children, ISBN 084390982X, page 82
          "Why should I? It's very Christian of you." "People here do not think of me as a Christian, Mitti." "I'd call it Christian charity," I floundered. "You think Christians have a monopoly on charity?" she asked. "Well, no," I stammered.
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      Usage notes

      Use of the term "Christian" in the generalised approbative sense "kind, moral" may offend non-Christians.

      (See also the pejorative use of "Jew".)

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      Danish

      Alternative forms

      Etymology

      [[Christianus#|Christianus]].

      Pronunciation

      • [ˈkʰʁæsd̥jan]

      Proper noun

      Christian

      1. {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}.
          • 1778, Johannes Ewald, Danish royal anthem
            Kong Christian stod ved højen mast
            i røg og damp;
            hans værge hamrede så fast,
            at gotens hjelm og hjerne brast.
            Da sank hvert fjendtligt spejl og mast
            i røg og damp.

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        • Traditionally popular in Denmark, as the name of ten ruling kings since the fifteenth century.

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        • [1] Danskernes Navne, based on CPR data: 146 350 males with the given name Christian (compared to 72 098 named Kristian) have been registered in Denmark between about 1890 (=the population alive in 1967) and January 2005, with the frequency peak in the 19th century. Accessed on 19 June 2011.

        French

        Proper noun

        Template:Fr-proper noun /kʁis.tjɑ̃/

        1. {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, cognate to Christian.

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          German

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          Christian

          1. {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}.

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            Norwegian

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            Etymology

            From {{la|Chrīstiānus}}.

            Proper noun

            Christian

            1. {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}.

              References

              • Kristoffer Kruken - Ola Stemshaug: Norsk personnamnleksikon, Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo 1995, ISBN 82-521-4483-7
              • [2] Statistisk sentralbyrå, Namnestatistikk: 13 192 males with the given name Christian (compared to 15 707 named Kristian) living in Norway on January 1st 2011, with the frequency peak in the 1980s. Accessed on April 29th, 2011.

              Old French

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              1. {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, cognate to [[Christian#|Christian]] in Modern English

                Swedish

                Proper noun

                Christian

                1. {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, a spelling variant of [[Kristian#|Kristian]].

                  References

                  • Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn, Almqvist & Wiksell 1996, ISBN 91-21-10937-0
                  • [3] Statistiska centralbyrån and Sture Allén, Staffan Wåhlin, Förnamnsboken, Norstedts 1995, ISBN 9119551622: 36 914 males with the given name Christian (compared to 14 967 named Kristian) living in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with the frequency peak in the 1980s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.

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