plural -s
: a member of certain 2d century ascetic sects that condemned sexual intercourse, clericalism, and the use of animal food and strong drink compare apostolici

Word History


Late Latin encratita, from Late Greek enkratitēs, from Greek enkratēs self-disciplined (from en in +0 -kratēs, from kratos strength) + -itēs -ite

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“Encratite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Encratite. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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