noun Man·i·chae·an \ˌma-nə-ˈkē-ən\\ˈma-nə-ˌkē\

Definition of MANICHAEAN

:  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
:  a believer in religious or philosophical dualism
Manichaean or Manichean adjective
Man·i·chae·an·ism or Man·i·che·an·ism \ˌma-nə-ˈkē-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun
Man·i·chae·ism or Man·i·che·ism \ˈma-nə-(ˌ)kē-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Variants of MANICHAEAN

Man·i·chae·an or Man·i·che·an \ˌma-nə-ˈkē-ən\ or Man·i·chee \ˈma-nə-ˌkē\


Late Latin manichaeus, from Late Greek manichaios, from Manichaios Manes diedab a.d. 276 Persian founder of the sect
First Known Use: 1556

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra


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