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Marcionite

[mahr-shuh-nahyt] /ˈmɑr ʃəˌnaɪt/
noun
1.
a member of a Gnostic ascetic sect that flourished from the 2nd to 7th century a.d. and that rejected the Old Testament and denied the incarnation of God in Christ.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the Marcionites or their doctrines.
Also, Marcionist.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Late Latin Marciōnīta. See Marcion, -ite1
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n.

1540, early Christian sect, named for Gnostic Marcion of Sinope (c.140), who denied any connection between the Old Testament and the New. They contrasted the barbaric and incompetent creator in the Old Testament, who favored bandits and killers, with the "higher god" of Christ. They also emphasized virginity and rejection of marriage. They flourished, especially in the East, until late 4c.

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