noun Cath·ar \ˈka-ˌthär\
plural Cath·a·ri \ˈka-thə-ˌrī, -ˌrē\ or Cathars

Definition of CATHAR

:  a member of one of various ascetic and dualistic Christian sects especially of the later Middle Ages teaching that matter is evil and professing faith in an angelic Christ who did not really undergo human birth or death
Cath·a·rism \ˈka-thə-ˌri-zəm\ noun
Cath·a·rist \-rist\ or Cath·a·ris·tic \ˌka-thə-ˈris-tik\ adjective

Origin of CATHAR

Late Latin cathari (plural), from Late Greek katharoi, from Greek, plural of katharos pure
First Known Use: 1634


Next Word in the Dictionary: catharine wheelPrevious Word in the Dictionary: cat–hammedAll Words Near: Cathar
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears