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Man·dae·analso Man·de·an (măn-dē′ən)
1. A member of a Gnostic sect historically concentrated in Iraq and Iran but now largely dispersed due to war and persecution.
[Mandaic mandaya, having knowledge, from manda, knowledge, from earlier Aramaic manda', madda', infinitive of yəda', to know; see ydʕ in Semitic roots.]
1. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a member of a Gnostic sect of Iraq
2. (Languages) the form of Aramaic used by this sect
(Other Non-Christian Religions) of or relating to this sect
[C19: from Aramaic mandaya Gnostics, from mandā knowledge]
Manˈdaeanism, Manˈdeanism n
or Man•de•an(mænˈdi ən)
1. a member of a Gnostic sect with modern adherents in SE Iraq and Khuzistan in Iran.
2. Also, Man•da′ic (-ˈdeɪ ɪk) a form of Aramaic used in sacred texts of the Mandaeans.adj.
3. of or pertaining to the Mandaeans.
[1870–75; < Mandaean mandayy(ā) Gnostics (literally, the knowing ones) + -an1]
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|Noun||1.||Mandaean - a member of a small Gnostic sect that originated in Jordan and survives in Iraq and who believes that John the Baptist was the Messiah|
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
|2.||Mandaean - the form of Aramaic used by the Mandeans|
Aramaic - a Semitic language originally of the ancient Arameans but still spoken by other people in southwestern Asia
|Adj.||1.||Mandaean - of or relating to the Mandaean people or their language or culture|