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From Latin filioque.



filioque (uncountable)

  1. (theology) The use of the Latin word filioque (and the son) in the Western form of the Nicene Creed, to indicate that the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son (as opposed to the Eastern churches which believe the Spirit proceeds from the Father alone).
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 350:
      Another issue was the promotion of that troublesome addition to the Nicene Creed, the Filioque or double procession in the Trinity of the Spirit from Father and Son, which had taken its cue from Augustine's writing on the Trinity.
    • 2011, Norman Davies, Vanished Kingdoms, Penguin 2012, p. 126:
      The Second Council of Lyon [] only succeeded in confirming and defining a key item of Catholic theology, the filioque, which has barred the way to reconciliation ever since.