Manichean


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Man•i•che•an

or Man•i•chae•an

(ˌmæn ɪˈki ən)

n.
1. Also, Man•i•chee (ˈmæn ɪˌki) an adherent of a religious dualism that originated in Persia in the 3rd century a.d., combining elements of Gnostic Christianity, Buddhism, and Zoroastrianism.
adj.
2. of or pertaining to the Manicheans or their doctrines.
[1550–60; < Late Latin Manichae(us) (< Late Greek Manichaîos Mani (a.d. 216–276), the founder of the religion + -an1]
Man`i•che′an•ism, Man′i•che`ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Manichean - an adherent of Manichaeism
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
Adj.1.Manichean - of or relating to Manichaeism
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