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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.


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.
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.
In the third century, Catholicism met the challenge of Manes, the father of Manicheism, only to come face to face with Catharism in the eleventh century, Albigensianism in the twelfth, and Puritanism in the sixteenth.