American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A believer in Manichaeism.
- adj. Of or relating to Manichaeism; dualistic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A believer in the doctrines of Manes, a Persian of the third century A. D., who taught a dualism in which Light is regarded as the source of Good, and Darkness as the source of Evil.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Manichæans.
- n. an adherent of Manichaeism
- adj. of or relating to Manichaeism
- adj. of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of dualism
- From Manichaeus + -an. (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English Maniche, from Late Latin Manichaeus, from Late Greek Manikhaios, from Manikhaios, Manes, the founder of the philosophy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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