Meaning of Theatine


Pronunciation: (thē'u-tin, -tīn", -tēn"), [key]
— n.
  1. a member of a congregation of regular clerics, founded in Italy in 1524 to combat Protestantism and promote higher morality among Roman Catholics.
  2. a member of a congregation of nuns, founded in Italy in 1583 under the direction of the Theatine fathers.
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