Definition of Carpocratian
: a follower of Carpocrates who taught that humans can attain to a higher degree of illumination than that of Jesus — compare gnosticism
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Origin and Etymology of carpocratian
Medieval Latin Carpocratianus, from Greek Karpokratianos, from Karpokratēs Carpocrates, 2d century a.d. Alexandrian Gnostic + -ianos -ian
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