[ 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.
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Also called Cath·a·rist [kath-er-ist]. /ˈkæθ ər ɪst/.
Origin of Cathar
First recorded in 1630–40; from Late Latin Catharī (plural), from Late Greek hoi Katharoí “Novatians,” literally, “the pure”; applied in Medieval Latin to various sects
OTHER WORDS FROM CatharCath·a·rism, nounCath·a·ris·tic, adjective
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How to use Cathar in a sentence
Richard Cathar, late of Oxford University, is something of a loser, at least in matters of love.
Here seems to belong in the order of development the Cathar Eucharist (see Cathars).
Cathar′sis, evacuation of the bowels; Cathart′ic, a purgative medicine; Cathar′tin, the purgative principle of senna.
British Dictionary definitions for Cathar
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 of CatharCatharism, noun
Word Origin for Cathar
from Medieval Latin Cathari, from Greek katharoi the pure
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