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Manichean

or Man·i·chae·an

[man-i-kee-uh n]
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noun
  1. 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.
adjective
  1. 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
Related formsMan·i·che·an·ism, Man·i·che·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for manicheism

Historical Examples

  • He, who had been involved in the fascinating wiles of Manicheism, could not be ignorant of them.

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    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • This was the rise of Manicheism, named for its founder Manes.

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    Edward Bagby Pollard

  • Manicheism, as it was called, accepted the Christian Bible, or at least some parts of it.

  • Is it because you are afraid to print any thing in opposition to the cant of the 'Quarterly' about Manicheism?

  • Manicheism, unlike Mithraism, was not to succumb, but merely to retreat before Christianity.


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