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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.


pl 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]
ˌAlbiˈgensian adj
ˌAlbiˈgensianism n


(ˌæl bɪˈdʒɛn siz)
members of an ascetic Christian sect that arose in Albi in the 11th century and was destroyed in the 13th century.
[< Medieval Latin Albīgēnsēs, pl. of Albīgēnsis=Albīg(a) Albi + Latin -ēnsis -ensis]
Al`bi•gen′si•an (-si ən, -ʃən) adj., n.
Al`bi•gen′si•an•ism, 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.
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Noun1.Albigenses - a Christian religious sect in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; believers in Albigensianism
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Like much of this area of southern France it is steeped in history and owes its name to the violent repression meted out in the 13th century by members of the Roman Catholic Church to Albigensians - the followers of Catharism, a religious sect, and hence the phrase the Albigensian Crusade.
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