noun Pe·ra·tes \pəˈrāˌtēz\

Definition of Perates



\-ˌtē\ or


  1. :  a member of a Gnostic school venerating the serpent as a powerful being intermediary between God the Father and unformed matter

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Origin and Etymology of perates

Late Latin Peratae, plural, from Late Greek Peratai, from plural of Greek peratēs one that crosses over, from peran to cross over, pass through — more at fare

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to cast off or become cast off

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