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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 albigensian

Historical Examples of albigensian

  • The Albigensian Crusade is no isolated page in the annals of the Midi.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals

    Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly

  • It would be impossible, in a few words, to tell the whole story of this Albigensian movement.

  • The pious Simon de Montfort thus consulted the "sacred lots" ere taking the cross for the Albigensian crusade.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony

    William Stearns Davis

  • The immediate purpose of their Order was resistance to the Albigensian heresy.

  • His host at Toulouse happened to be an Albigensian, and Dominic spent the night in converting him.

British Dictionary definitions for albigensian


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 for Albigenses

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