Definition of sabellian :
1. 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.
2. Pertaining to the doctrines or tenets of Sabellius. See Sabellian, n.
- A land that reared a valiant breed of men, The Marsi and Sabellian youth, and, schooled To hardship, the Ligurian, and with these The Volscian javelin- armed, the Decii too, The Marii and Camilli, names of might, The Scipios, stubborn warriors, ay, and thee, Great Caesar, who in Asia's utmost bounds With conquering arm e'en now art fending far The unwarlike Indian from the heights of Rome. - "The Georgics", Virgil.
- To men who dreaded the return of Sabellian confusion, Arianism was at least an error in the right direction. - "The Arian Controversy", H. M. Gwatkin.
- But the Sabellian theory, which the Unitarians inherited, was in no respect justified, save as a tradition. - "Recollections and Impressions 1822-1890", Octavius Brooks Frothingham.