bogomile

Bogomil

[bog-uh-mil]
noun
a member of a dualistic sect, flourishing chiefly in Bulgaria in the Middle Ages, that rejected most of the Old Testament and was strongly anticlerical in polity.
Also, Bogomile [bog-uh-mahyl] .


Origin:
1840–45; < Medieval Greek Bogómilos, from the name of a 10th cent. Bulgarian priest alleged to have founded the sect, in later South Slavic sources Bogomilŭ (a calque of Greek Theóphilos; see theo-, -phile)

Bogomilian, adjective
Bogomilism, noun
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