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plural noun
  1. members of a Catharistic sect in the south of France that arose in the 11th century and was exterminated in the 13th century by a crusade (Albigensian Crusade) and the Inquisition.
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Origin of Albigenses

< Medieval Latin Albīgēnsēs, plural of Albīgēnsis, equivalent to Albīg(a) Albi + -ēnsis -ensis
Related formsAl·bi·gen·si·an [al-bi-jen-see-uh n, -shuh n] /ˌæl bɪˈdʒɛn si ən, -ʃən/, adjective, nounAl·bi·gen·si·an·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for albigenses

Historical Examples

  • The Albigenses were a people of the reformed religion, who inhabited the country of Albi.

    Fox's Book of Martyrs

    John Foxe

  • In the year 1620 also the persecution against the Albigenses was very severe.

  • Its fruits recall the worst abuses of the Manichans and the Albigenses.

  • Nay, even the oldest French translation of the Bible was the work of Albigenses.

  • Nor were the Albigenses free from blame in other particulars.

British Dictionary definitions for albigenses


pl n
  1. members of a Manichean sect that flourished in S France from the 11th to the 13th century
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Derived FormsAlbigensian, adjectiveAlbigensianism, noun

Word Origin

from Medieval Latin: inhabitants of Albi, from Albiga Albi
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