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Theotokos

Theotokos (Gk., ‘God-bearer’). Title of the Virgin Mary. It was used from Origen onwards, and became both a term of devotion and a mark of accepting the divinity of Christ. The usual Latin equivalent is Dei Genitrix, ‘Mother of God’, or less usually, Deipara, as in Bacon's Confession of Faith, ‘The blessed Virgin may be truly and catholicly called Deipara’ (c.1600).

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Theotokos

Theotokos Mother of God (used in the Eastern Orthodox Church as a title of the Virgin Mary); the word is ecclesiastical Greek, and comes from theosgod’ + -tokos ‘bringing forth’.

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