[ kath-ahr ]
/ ˈkæθ ɑr /
noun, plural Cath·a·ri [kath-uh-rahy] /ˈkæθ əˌraɪ/, Cath·ars.
(in medieval Europe) a member of any of several rigorously ascetic Christian sects maintaining a dualistic theology.
Origin of Cathar
1630–40; < Late Latin Catharī (plural) < Late Greek hoi Katharoí Novatians, literally, the pure; applied in ML to various sects
Also called Cath·a·rist [kath-er-ist] /ˈkæθ ər ɪst/.
Related formsCath·a·rism, nounCath·a·ris·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cathar
Cathar′sis, evacuation of the bowels; Cathart′ic, a purgative medicine; Cathar′tin, the purgative principle of senna.
Here seems to belong in the order of development the Cathar Eucharist (see Cathars).
British Dictionary definitions for cathar
/ (ˈkæθə) /
noun plural -ars, -ari (-ərɪ) or -arists
a member of a Christian sect in Provence in the 12th and 13th centuries who believed the material world was evil and only the spiritual was good
Derived FormsCatharism, noun
Word Origin for Cathar
from Medieval Latin Cathari, from Greek katharoi the pure
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