or Manichean or Manichee noun Etymology: Late Latin manichaeus, from Late Greek manichaios, from Manichaios Manes died ab A.D. 276 Persian founder of the sect Date: 1556 1. a believer in a syncretistic religious dualism originating in Persia in the third century A.D. and teaching the release of the spirit from matter through asceticism 2. a believer in religious or philosophical dualism • Manichaean or Manichean adjectiveManichaeanism or Manicheanism nounManichaeism or Manicheism noun

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  • Manichaean — Man i*ch[ae] an, Manichean Man i*che an, a. Of or pertaining to the Manich[ae]ans. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Manichaean — Man i*ch[ae] an, Manichean Man i*che an, Manichee Man i*chee, n. [LL. Manichaeus: cf. F. manich[ e]en.] A believer in the doctrines of Manes, a Persian of the third century A. D., who taught a dualism in which Light is regarded as the source of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Manichaean — also Manichean, 1550s (n.), 1630s (adj.), from L. Manichaeus (see MANICHAEISM (Cf. Manichaeism)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Manichaean — 1. noun a follower of Manichaeism 2. adjective a) of or relating to Manichaeism b) of or concerning a Manichaean …   Wiktionary

  • Manichaean — I noun an adherent of Manichaeism • Syn: ↑Manichean, ↑Manichee • Hypernyms: ↑disciple, ↑adherent II adjective 1. of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of dualism …   Useful english dictionary

  • Manichaean — Man·i·chae·an or Man·i·che·an (măn ĭ kēʹən) also Man·i·chee (mănʹĭ kē ) n. A believer in Manichaeism. adj. Of or relating to Manichaeism; dualistic.   [From Middle English Maniche, from Late Latin Manichaeus, from Late Greek Manikhaios, from… …   Universalium

  • Manichaean — n. supporter and believer of Manichaeism; dualist adj. of or relating to Manichaeism; of or pertaining to dualism …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Manichaean — [ˌmanɪ ki:ən] (also Manichean) adjective 1》 chiefly historical relating to Manichaeism. 2》 of or characterized by dualistic contrast or conflict between opposites. noun an adherent of Manichaeism. Derivatives Manichaeanism noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • manichaean — man·i·chae·an …   English syllables

  • Manichaean alphabet — Manichaean script Type Abjad Languages Manichaean Middle Iranian Time period 3rd – c. 10th AD Parent …   Wikipedia

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