Cathar

noun
Cath·​ar | \ ˈka-ˌthär How to pronounce Cathar (audio) \
plural Cathari\ ˈka-​thə-​ˌrī How to pronounce Cathar (audio) , -​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 How to pronounce Cathar (audio) \ noun
Catharist \ ˈka-​thə-​rist How to pronounce Cathar (audio) \ or Catharistic \ ˌka-​thə-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce Cathar (audio) \ 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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“Cathar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cathar. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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