/ (ˈmænɪkiːˌɪzəm) /

  1. the system of religious doctrines, including elements of Gnosticism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Buddhism, etc, taught by the Persian prophet Mani about the 3rd century ad . It was based on a supposed primordial conflict between light and darkness or goodness and evil

  2. mainly RC Church any similar heretical philosophy involving a radical dualism

Origin of Manichaeism

C14: from Late Latin Manichaeus, from Late Greek Manikhaios of Mani

Derived forms of Manichaeism

  • Manichee, noun

Words Nearby Manichaeism

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