Definition of Encratite
: a member of certain 2d century ascetic sects that condemned sexual intercourse, clericalism, and the use of animal food and strong drink — compare apostolici
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Origin and Etymology of encratite
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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