Fraticelli

plural noun Frat·i·cel·li \ ˌfratəˈchelē \

Definition of Fraticelli

:any of several small Christian sects existing chiefly in Italy from the 13th to the 15th centuries and having some connection with the Franciscans: such as
a :a band of seceders from the Franciscan order under the leadership of Angelo de Clareno (1247–1337)
b :the Spirituals or Spiritual Franciscans who revolted against the order and defied many popes
c :the followers of Michael of Cesena (1270–1342) who defended a theory of poverty and property for monks and ecclesiastics generally

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Origin and Etymology of fraticelli

Italian, plural of fraticello, literally, little brother, diminutive of frate brother


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