Pau·​li·​cian | \ pȯˈlishən \
plural -s

Definition of Paulician

: a member of a dualistic Christian sect originating in Armenia in the 7th century, influencing the rise of the Bogomils, becoming nearly extinct in the 12th century, and characterized by the belief that matter is evil and that the creator of the material universe is an evil demiurge to be distinguished from the heavenly God who created and rules souls, by denial of the Incarnation, and by rejection of the Old Testament, the cross, and all images — see thondraki

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History and Etymology for Paulician

Medieval Latin Pauliciani, plural, from Middle Greek Paulikianoi

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“Paulician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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