Albigenses

[al-bi-jen-seez]
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.

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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Albigenses

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

Word Origin for Albigenses

from Medieval Latin: inhabitants of Albi, from Albiga Albi
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Word Origin and History for albigensian

Albigensian

c.1600, "relating to the Albigenses," Catharist religious reformers of southern France c.1020-1250, Medieval Latin Albigenses (12c.), from French Albi, name of the town in Languedoc where they lived and were first condemned as heretics (1176). The town name is from Roman personal name Albius, from Latin albus "white" (see alb).

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