- 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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Examples from the Web for manichean
Now that same Manichean worldview has led the neocons to support an Afghan surge.How the Surge Hurts Israel
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His mythology, when he came to paint the world in myths, was Manichean.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
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But Chesterton is too much of a Manichean to let it go at that.Six Major Prophets
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Perhaps the Manichean in De Gourmont fabricated its revolting images.Unicorns
We are going to make a party to hear this Manichean of poesy.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. II
Under the reign of Robert in 1007 several heretics were burned at Orleans for tenets which are represented as Manichean.