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 (mĭth′rə-ĭz′əm, -rā-)
A religion based on the worship of Mithras that was especially popular among the Roman military and a strong rival to Christianity during the late Roman Empire.

Mith·ra′ic (mĭ-thrā′ĭk) adj.
Mith·ra′ist n.
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Noun1.Mithraist - adherent of MithraismMithraist - adherent of Mithraism    
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
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The object of this learned and careful study is to dispose of the rabid infidel, the omnipresent Mithraist, and the enterprising despot who have masqueraded under the name of Julian in ancient and modern writings on this short-lived Emperor.
According to Dodds [1965, 136-138], a "Christian congregation was from the first a community in a much fuller sense than any corresponding group of Isiac or Mithraist devotees.
Mithraism was organized into seven initiatory levels, and little is known today about the substance of their beliefs and sacraments, although there is some evidence that human sacrifice was carried out, and that Mithraists worshipped, in addition to the youthful, bull-slaying Mithras, a lion-headed deity, Ahrimanius, who was synonymous with the Persian.