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  1. (uncommon, now archaic) Alternative form of X, abbreviation of Christ.
    • c. 1680, [Gilbert Clerke], To Baxter, on the Right of Antitrinitarians to be esteemed Christians; republished as “Original Letters from the Baxter Manuscripts in Dr. Williams’s Library”, in The Monthly Repository of Theology and General Literature, volume XIX, number CCXXIV, Hackney: [] George Smallfield; [] Sherwood, Jones, and Co., [], 1824 August, pages 452–453:
      As to your letter, for wch I thanke you, I willingly acknowledge ye Trinity in Unity, and Xt to be not meer man but true God, in ye Scripture sense, therefore I am a Christian. [] For ye present I must denie yt major, viz. He that denieth yt in Xt wch is most essential in him, denieth Xt, for admit your minor was true, yet Jesus was called Xt, in respect of his unction [] Maldonati in Evang. thinkes yt ye disciples did not know ye eternal generation, till after ye resurrection, and yet they knew yt Jesus was ye Xt, ye Sonne of ye living God, wch seem to be used as words of the same importance, Matth. xvi. 16, John vi. 69, and Mark and Luke say only—Thou art ye Xt, and for this confession were declared blessed. Justin Martyr sayeth yt many orthodox Xtians placed ye divinity of Xt in his unction, as I noted before. [] To confesse Jesus to be ye Xt is next to nothing since the grand apostacy, but in ye primitive church an exalted Saviour was in better request, [] He yt beleiveth yt Jesus Xt was conceived by ye Holy Spirit, [] One said to me ye Pope is exactly orthodox in ye Trinitie, ergo, he is not Anti-Xt. I answered, Hee is Anti-Xt, therefore search him well upon ye hue and cry for that.
    • 1692 November 29, W[illia]m Penn, [To Robert Turner]; republished as “Fruits of Solitude, 1692–1694”, in Marianne S. Wokeck, Joy Wiltenburg, Alison Duncan Hirsch, Craig W. Horle, Richard S[lator] Dunn, and Mary Maples Dunn, editors, The Papers of William Penn, volume three, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986, →ISBN, pages 355–356:
      wherfore Dr. Rob. urge this on Georg[e] but now when this is sayd, that Xt came in our nature & has Glorified it as an eternal temple to himself [] the mistery hid from ages & generations, & then revealed Xt in them the hope of glory [] & Xt taught himself that it was expedient he went, as outwardly, that he might send them that wch would be better for them & wt was that, but his own appearance in Spirit.
    • 1712 February 2, Thomas Hearne, “A Discourse Concerning the Stunsfield Tessellated Pavement”, in Remarks and Collections, volume III, page 397:
      ... Mr. Urry came to me, and brought a Sketch that one Mr. Foord of Xt. Church had drawn.
    • c. 1875, George Eliot, [Pforzheimer Notebook]; republished as Jane Irwin, editor, George Eliot’s ‘Daniel Deronda’ Notebooks, Cambridge University Press, 1996, →ISBN, section “Reuchlin Pf 711 95, 96, 97, 98”, page 347:
      Toldoth Jesu: Jewish book about the story of Xt’s birth
    • 1969, William S. Peterson, “Some Representative Browningites—I”, in Interrogating the Oracle: A History of the London Browning Society, Athens, Oh.: Ohio University Press, →LCCN, page 59:
      Letting alone the fact that no doctrinal Xtian could have written La Saisiaz without putting his definite Xtian doctrine into it, my friend Mrs. Orr (Sir F. Leighton’s sister) who has known R.B. as a sister for 12 years, has heard him discuss the subject with friends; & he has distinctly said that he holds Xt to be a man & not God. He’d willingly go on his knees to Xt as one of the best, if not the best, of men, but not as God.

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  1. Manuel de Codage transliteration of ẖt.