[nahy-seen, nahy-seen] /naɪˈsin, ˈnaɪ sin/

of or relating to Nicaea.
of or relating to Nicaea, an ancient city in NW Asia Minor, or its inhabitants

early 15c., in reference to Nicaea (Greek Nikaia, modern Turkish Isnik), city in Bithynia where ecclesiastical council of 325 C.E. dealt with the Arian schism and produced the Nicene Creed. A second council held there (787) considered the question of images.


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  • Nicene-creed

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    [nahys-nel-ee] /ˈnaɪsˈnɛl i/ adjective 1. characterized by prudishness or excessive modesty: The entrance of his nice-nelly friend stopped the flow of risqué stories. 2. being a euphemism; euphemistic: nice-nelly expressions. [nel-ee] /ˈnɛl i/ noun 1. a person who professes or exhibits excessive modesty, prudishness, or the like: too much of a nice nelly to have […]

  • Nice-nellyism

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