Manichaean

noun Man·i·chae·an \ˌma-nə-ˈkē-ən\\ˈma-nə-ˌkē\
variants: or

Manichean

play \ˌma-nə-ˈkē-ən\ or

Manichee

play \ˈma-nə-ˌkē\

Definition of Manichaean

  1. 1 :  a believer in a syncretistic religious dualism (see dualism 3) originating in Persia in the third century a.d. and teaching the release of the spirit from matter through asceticism

  2. 2 :  a believer in religious or philosophical dualism

Manichaean

or

Manichean

adjective

Manichaeanism

play or

Manicheanism

\ˌma-nə-ˈkē-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Manichaeism

play or

Manicheism

\ˈma-nə-(ˌ)kē-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Origin and Etymology of manichaean

Late Latin manichaeus, from Late Greek manichaios, from Manichaios Manes †ab a.d. 276 Persian founder of the sect


First Known Use: 1556

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