Cathar

noun
Cath·ar | \ˈka-ˌthär \
plural Cathari\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

Other Words from Cathar

Catharism \ˈka-thə-ˌri-zəm \ noun
Catharist \-rist \ or Catharistic \ˌka-thə-ˈris-tik \ adjective

First Known Use of Cathar

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Cathar

Late Latin cathari (plural), from Late Greek katharoi, from Greek, plural of katharos pure

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