- Also Man·i·chee [man-i-kee] /ˈmæn ɪˌki/. an adherent of the dualistic religious system of Manes, a combination of Gnostic Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and various other elements, with a basic doctrine of a conflict between light and dark, matter being regarded as dark and evil.
- of or relating to the Manicheans or their doctrines.
Origin of Manichean
1300–50; Middle English Maniche (< Late Latin Manichaeus < Late Greek Manichaîos of Manes) + -an
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It was now that he separated himself openly from the Manichaean sect.
Increasingly occupied with the exact sciences, he learnt the incompatibility of the Manichaean astrology with the facts.
His Manichaean friends urged him to take this step, which was rendered easier by the licentious lives of the students at Carthage.
Hence, on the other hand, the wild rebound into licentiousness which has sometimes characterized Gnostic or Manichaean sects.Lux Mundi
In the West, the first teachers of the Manichaean theology had been repulsed by the people, or suppressed by the prince.
- of or relating to Manichaeism
- mainly RC Church involving a radical dualism
- an adherent of Manichaeism
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Word Origin and History for manichaean
also Manichean, 1550s (n.), 1630s (adj.), from Latin Manichaeus (see Manichaeism).
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