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  1. a member of a Gnostic sect that exalted Cain and regarded the God of the Old Testament as responsible for evil.
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Origin of Cainite

< Medieval Latin Cainīta (see cain, -ite1; compare Late Latin Caiānus with same sense)
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Historical Examples of cainite

  • This faith the other church, the Cainite church, not only has not, but ever persecutes it where she finds it.

    Commentary on Genesis, Vol. I

    Martin Luther

  • Thus the division between the Cainite and Sethite races early became accentuated by a sectarian distinction as well.

  • But the Cainite wrath fires and distorts the eyes, scowls the brow, swells the cheeks with rage, and arms the hands.

  • In the meantime the holy men bewailed his wretched lot, as if he had been slain by the Cainite hypocrites.