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 (wŏl-dĕn′sēz, wôl-)
A Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 1100s and adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 1500s. Also called Vaudois.

[Medieval Latin Waldēnsēs, after Peter Waldo.]

Wal·den′sian (-shən) adj. & n.
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pl n
(Roman Catholic Church) the members of a small sect founded as a reform movement within the Roman Catholic Church by Peter Waldo, a merchant of Lyons in the late 12th century, which in the 16th century joined the Reformation movement. Also called: Vaudois
Waldensian n, adj
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(wɔlˈdɛn siz, wɒl-)

members of a Christian sect that arose in 1170 in S France under the leadership of Pierre Waldo and that joined the Reformation in the 16th century.
[pl. of Middle English Waldensis < Medieval Latin, after Pierre Waldo; see -ensis]
Wal•den′si•an (-si ən, -ʃən) adj., n.
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Catholic rulers in Savoy had persecuted the Waldensians. Modern historians argue that the Waldensians had originated in the late Middle Ages, while in contrast Fison adhered to the ancient origins thesis.
(37) In the thirteenth century, Pope Innocent III required Waldensians who wished to be reconciled to the Church to recite a creed that contained an affirmation of the state's right to carry out the death penalty.
In the twelfth century there arose a proto-Protestant sect called the Waldensians, which was condemned by the Church.
On the other end lay Peter Biller, Jorg Feuchter, and Bernard Hamilton who see ample, explicit evidence of Catharism as distinct from the other major heretical group of the period, the Waldensians. Hamilton not only demonstrates the existence of people who self-identified as heretics in the Languedoc, but even shows highly suggestive evidence from the Premonstratensian abbot Eberwin of Steinfeld of links between French heretics and the well-attested Byzantine heretical group known as the Bogomils.
But the Hussite wars in Bohemia, the suppression of Lollard dissent in England, not to say the persecution of the Waldensians in France and Italy and of the Alumbrados in Spain, continued to mar the image of the church as the seamless garment of Christ.
During his visit to Turin in June 2015, Pope Francis held a historic meeting with the Waldensians in Italy.
Mark McMeley, a specialist in the history of the Waldensians, who grew up in the Waldensian community near Monett, Missouri.
The index of topics contains only seventeen pages, but the range of topics runs from abstinence and Advent through the Bible, books, feast days, printers, and from sacrilege to Waldensians and xenophobia.
Such a lack of interest in traditional music obviously extended to Jewish music and to music and cultures belonging to groups who were not considered 'native' to the land or representing religious minorities, like Waldensians and Protestants in general.
The Waldensians today are united with the Methodist Church of Italy and claim 45,000 followers, mostly in Italy, Argentina and Uruguay.
(5) Also, Waldensians were a minority in Lithuania and in Vilnius, which had a largely Catholic population.