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

Definition of Manichaean

  1. 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. 2 :  a believer in religious or philosophical dualism

Manichaean or Manichean adjective
Manichaeanismplay or Manicheanism \ˌma-nə-ˈkē-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun
Manichaeismplay or Manicheism \ˈma-nə-(ˌ)kē-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Variants of manichaean

or Manichean play \ˌma-nə-ˈkē-ən\ or Manichee play \ˈma-nə-ˌkē\

Origin of manichaean

Late Latin manichaeus, from Late Greek manichaios, from Manichaios Manes diedab a.d. 276 Persian founder of the sect

First Known Use: 1556

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