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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.
Al′bi·gen′sian·ism n.
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the beliefs and principles of an 11th-century Catharist sect of southern France, exterminated in the 13th century by order of Pope Innocent III. See Catharism. — Albigenses, n. pl. — Albigensian, n., adj.
See also: Heresy
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Noun1.Albigensianism - a Christian movement considered to be a medieval descendant of Manichaeism in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; characterized by dualism (asserted the coexistence of two mutually opposed principles, one good and one evil); was exterminated for heresy during the Inquisition
heresy, unorthodoxy - a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior
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Following the Pauline principle that false religions can be identifying because they always attack marriage, (16) we see that the grand theory of de Chardin is just another manifestation of the elitist reproductive meddling seen in Gnosticism, Albigensianism, and Puritanism, (17) or whatever particular heresy you wish to cite.
He observes that Buddhist-tantric thought influenced the provencal heresy called 'Catharcism' or 'Albigensianism' which emphasizes a long course of ascetic discipline involving perpetual chastity, celibacy, suffering, sacrifice, self-renunciation and abstaining from sexual contact with wife.
At the outset, the Church did not even seem in a position to define clearly the doctrine of its presumed enemies, treating as (neo-)Manichaeans or Arians what later became Catharism or Albigensianism. It was the greatest heretical event in the Middle Ages because of the extent of the repression which it caused.