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/ ˌmæn ɪˈki ən /
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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.
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Origin of Manichean
1300–50; Middle English Maniche (<Late Latin Manichaeus<Late Greek Manichaîos of Manes) + -an
OTHER WORDS FROM ManicheanMan·i·che·an·ism, Man·i·che·ism, noun
Words nearby Manichean
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How to use Manichean in a sentence
Nor, indeed, should it be reduced into Manichean lenses—blaming property developers and the civil service for creating the crisis.
Now that same Manichean worldview has led the neocons to support an Afghan surge.How the Surge Hurts Israel|Peter Beinart|December 6, 2009|DAILY BEAST
Under the reign of Robert in 1007 several heretics were burned at Orleans for tenets which are represented as Manichean.
This distinction is thoroughly Manichean, and leaves no doubt as to the origin of the Albigenses.
We owe much (notwithstanding their partial and Manichean idea of beauty) to the early ascetic painters.Daily Thoughts|Charles Kingsley
In this last particular, the tendency of the Fourieristic morality is quite Manichean.What is Property?|P. J. Proudhon
The dualist idea and a complete rejection of the Old Testament were leading Manichean doctrines.How France Built Her Cathedrals|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly