or Man·i·chae·an

[ man-i-kee-uh n ]
/ ˌmæn ɪˈki ən /


Also Man·i·chee [man-i-kee] /ˈmæn ɪˌki/. an adherent of the dualistic religious system of Manes, a combination of Gnostic Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and various other elements, with a basic doctrine of a conflict between light and dark, matter being regarded as dark and evil.


of or relating to the Manicheans or their doctrines.

Origin of Manichean

1300–50; Middle English Maniche (< Late Latin Manichaeus < Late Greek Manichaîos of Manes) + -an

Related forms

Man·i·che·an·ism, Man·i·che·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manichaean



/ (ˌmænɪˈkiːən) /


of or relating to Manichaeism
mainly RC Church involving a radical dualism


an adherent of Manichaeism
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