EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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
Cath·a·rist [ kath-er-ist] /ˈkæθ ər ɪst/
Related forms Cath·a·rism, noun Cath·a·ris·tic, adjective
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for cathar Historical Examples of cathar British Dictionary definitions for cathar Cathar Catharist ( ˈkæθərɪst) 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 Forms Catharism, noun Word Origin for Cathar
from Medieval Latin
Cathari, from Greek katharoi the pure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for cathar n.
1570s, "religious puritan" (implied in
Catharism), from Medieval Latin Cathari "the Pure," name taken by Novatians and other Christian sects, from New Testament Greek katharezein "to make clean," from Greek katheros "pure." Related: Catharist.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper