American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 12th century and adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 16th century. Also called Vaudois.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Waldensians.
- n. Plural form of Waldense.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl. Hist.) A sect of dissenters from the ecclesiastical system of the Roman Catholic Church, who in the 13th century were driven by persecution to the valleys of Piedmont, where the sect survives. They profess substantially Protestant principles.
- n. a Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 12th century adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 16th century
- Medieval Latin Waldēnsēs, after Peter Waldo. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Cathari, Poor Men of Lyons, Lombards, Albigenses, Waldenses, Vaudois, etc. The name Waldenses and Albigenses have frequently been loosely applied to all the bands of people that passed under various titles in different countries and that opposed the doctrines and ecclesiastical tyranny of Rome.”
“The sect first assumed only the simple name of "the poor men of Lyons," but soon became known as the Waldenses, one of the most powerful and most widely spread sects of the Middle Ages.”
“In southern France, there also arose the heretical group known as the Waldenses, the followers of Peter Waldes, who called themselves the Poor of Lyons.”
“In southern France, there were the Poor of Lyons, known as the Waldenses, after their leader Peter Waldo, who, advocating a renunciation of material goods, promoted reform without resorting to dualist thought.”
“They are called Waldenses, after the name of their leader, and oppose corrupt doctrines and practices with the plain truths of the Word of God.”
“As early as 1523, he became a persecutor, and burned many at the stake, among whom the descendants of the Waldenses were the most numerous.”
“But the Waldenses were a primitive and simple people; they had neither king nor leader; their only sovereign was Jehovah; their only guides were their _Barbes_.”
“I came also to the conclusion, that the land which the Lord had given to the Waldenses was a "large" as well as a "good" land.”
“Sometimes they were erroneously styled "Waldenses" by their contemporaries.”
“But one elaborate argument may be found, by an eminent antiquary (_Archaologia_, nine 292-309), urging that survivors of this company were probably the ancestors of a mysterious group entitled "Waldenses," who appear in the”
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