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Manichean

or Man·i·chae·an

[man-i-kee-uh n]
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noun
  1. 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.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Manicheans or their doctrines.
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Origin of Manichean

1300–50; Middle English Maniche (< Late Latin Manichaeus < Late Greek Manichaîos of Manes) + -an
Related formsMan·i·che·an·ism, Man·i·che·ism, noun
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Manichaean

Manichean

adjective
  1. of or relating to Manichaeism
  2. mainly RC Church involving a radical dualism
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noun
  1. an adherent of Manichaeism
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Word Origin and History for manichaean

Manichaean

also Manichean, 1550s (n.), 1630s (adj.), from Latin Manichaeus (see Manichaeism).

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