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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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Manichaeism

/ˈmænɪkiːˌɪzəm/
noun
1.
the system of religious doctrines, including elements of Gnosticism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Buddhism, etc, taught by the Persian prophet Mani about the 3rd century ad. It was based on a supposed primordial conflict between light and darkness or goodness and evil
2.
(mainly RC Church) any similar heretical philosophy involving a radical dualism
Derived Forms
Manichee, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin Manichaeus, from Late Greek Manikhaios of Mani
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