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The members of a Catharist religious sect of southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries, exterminated by the Inquisition for heresy.
[Medieval Latin Albigēnsēs, pl. of Albigēnsis, inhabitant of Albiga, Albi, a town of southern France where the sect was dominant.]
Al′bi·gen′sian (-shən, -sē-ən) adj. & n.
(Other Non-Christian Religions) members of a Manichean sect that flourished in S France from the 11th to the 13th century
[from Medieval Latin: inhabitants of Albi, from Albiga Albi]
Al•bi•gen•ses(ˌæl bɪˈdʒɛn siz)
members of an ascetic Christian sect that arose in Albi in the 11th century and was destroyed in the 13th century.
Al`bi•gen′si•an (-si ən, -ʃən) adj., n.
A Cathar sect in southern France professing Manichaean dualism (good and evil of equal power, therefore denying God’s supremacy over Satan). They were savagely suppressed 1209–44.