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[wawl-den-seez, wol-] /wɔlˈdɛn siz, wɒl-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
a Christian sect that arose after 1170 in southern France, under the leadership of Pierre Waldo, a merchant of Lyons, and joined the Reformation movement in the 16th century.
Also called Vaudois.
Origin of Waldenses
plural of Middle English Waldensis < Medieval Latin, after Pierre Waldo; see -ensis
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[wawl-den-see-uh n, -shuh n, wol-] /wɔlˈdɛn si ən, -ʃən, wɒl-/ (Show IPA),
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plural noun
the members of a small sect founded as a reform movement within the Roman Catholic Church by Peter Waldo, a merchant of Lyons in the late 12th century, which in the 16th century joined the Reformation movement Also called Vaudois
Derived Forms
Waldensian (wɒlˈdɛnsɪən) noun, adjective
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