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Manichean

[man-i-kee-uh n] /ˌmæn ɪˈki ən/
noun
1.
Also, Manichee
[man-i-kee] /ˈmæn ɪˌki/ (Show IPA)
. an adherent of the dualistic religious system of Manes, a combination of Gnostic Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and various other elements, with a basic doctrine of a conflict between light and dark, matter being regarded as dark and evil.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the Manicheans or their doctrines.
Also, Manichaean.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English Maniche (< Late Latin Manichaeus < Late Greek Manichaîos of Manes) + -an
Related forms
Manicheanism, Manicheism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for manichaean

Manichaean

/ˌmænɪˈkiːən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Manichaeism
2.
(mainly RC Church) involving a radical dualism
noun
3.
an adherent of Manichaeism
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Word Origin and History for manichaean

Manichaean

also Manichean, 1550s (n.), 1630s (adj.), from Latin Manichaeus (see Manichaeism).

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