Albigenses

Albigenses

[al-bi-jen-seez]
plural noun
members of a Catharistic sect in the south of France that arose in the 11th century and was exterminated in the 13th century by a crusade (Albigensian Crusade) and the Inquisition.

Origin:
< Medieval Latin Albīgēnsēs, plural of Albīgēnsis, equivalent to Albīg(a) Albi + -ēnsis -ensis

Albigensian [al-bi-jen-see-uhn, -shuhn] , adjective, noun
Albigensianism, noun
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Albigenses (ˌælbɪˈdʒɛnsiːz)
 
pl n
members of a Manichean sect that flourished in S France from the 11th to the 13th century
 
[from Medieval Latin: inhabitants of Albi, from AlbigaAlbi]
 
Albi'gensian
 
adj
 
Albi'gensianism
 
n

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albigenses

the heretics-especially the Catharist heretics-of 12th-13th-century southern France. (See Cathari.) The name, apparently given to them at the end of the 12th century, is hardly exact, for the movement centred at Toulouse and in nearby districts rather than at Albi (ancient Albiga). The heresy, which had penetrated into these regions probably by trade routes, came originally from eastern Europe.

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