or Man·i·chae·an

[man-i-kee-uh n]


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 formsMan·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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Contemporary Examples of manichean

  • Now that same Manichean worldview has led the neocons to support an Afghan surge.

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    How the Surge Hurts Israel

    Peter Beinart

    December 6, 2009

Historical Examples of manichean