[ kath-ahr ]

noun,plural Cath·a·ri [kath-uh-rahy], /ˈkæθ əˌraɪ/, Cath·ars.
  1. (in medieval Europe) a member of any of several rigorously ascetic Christian sects maintaining a dualistic theology.

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
  • Also called Cath·a·rist [kath-er-ist]. /ˈkæθ ər ɪst/.

Other words from Cathar

  • Cath·a·rism, noun
  • Cath·a·ris·tic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for Cathar


Catharist (ˈkæθərɪst)

/ (ˈkæθə) /

nounplural -ars, -ari (-ərɪ) or -arists
  1. 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

Origin of Cathar

from Medieval Latin Cathari, from Greek katharoi the pure

Derived forms of Cathar

  • Catharism, noun

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