Xian

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the pinyin romanization of Chinese 西安(Xī'ān, Western Peace).

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Proper noun[edit]

Xian

  1. (sometimes proscribed) Alternative form of Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi, China.

Etymology 2[edit]

From X as a stand-in for Ancient Greek Χ(Kh) as an initial representing Χριστος(Khristos, Christ, the Anointed One), q.v. In present use, a modern coinage after the model of Xmas.

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Noun[edit]

Xian ‎(plural Xians)

  1. (sometimes pejorative or offensive) Abbreviation of Christian.

Adjective[edit]

Xian ‎(not comparable)

  1. (sometimes pejorative or offensive) Abbreviation of Christian.
Usage note[edit]

Although there is nothing offensive in the derivation of the term itself, its informal nature and use among skeptics and atheists sometimes makes the form seem dismissive or offensive to Christians.

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