- (in medieval Europe) a member of any of several rigorously ascetic Christian sects maintaining a dualistic theology.
Origin of Cathar
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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).
- 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
Word Origin for Cathar
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.