or Man·i·chae·an

[ man-i-kee-uhn ]


  1. Also Man·i·chee [] 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.


  1. of or relating to the Manicheans or their doctrines.

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Other Words From

  • Mani·chean·ism Mani·cheism noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Manichean1

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

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Example Sentences

Nor, indeed, should it be reduced into Manichean lenses—blaming property developers and the civil service for creating the crisis.

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

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.

In this last particular, the tendency of the Fourieristic morality is quite Manichean.

The dualist idea and a complete rejection of the Old Testament were leading Manichean doctrines.