from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition of being double; duality.
- n. Philosophy The view that the world consists of or is explicable as two fundamental entities, such as mind and matter.
- n. Psychology The view that the mind and body function separately, without interchange.
- n. Theology The concept that the world is ruled by the antagonistic forces of good and evil.
- n. Theology The concept that humans have two basic natures, the physical and the spiritual.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Duality; the condition of being double.
- n. The view that the world consists of, or is explicable in terms of, two fundamental principles, such as mind and matter or good and evil.
- n. The belief that the world is ruled by a pair of antagonistic forces, such as good and evil; the belief that man has two basic natures, the physical and the spiritual.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A view of man as constituted of two original and independent elements, as matter and spirit.
- n. A system which accepts two gods, or two original principles, one good and the other evil.
- n. The doctrine that all mankind are divided by the arbitrary decree of God, and in his eternal foreknowledge, into two classes, the elect and the reprobate.
- n. The theory that each cerebral hemisphere acts independently of the other.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Division into two; a twofold division; duality.
- n. In philosophy, in general, that way of thinking which seeks to explain all sorts of phenomena by the assumption of two radically independent and absolute elements, without any continuous gradation between them: opposed to monism.
- n. To the doctrine of a double absolute, especially a principle of good and a principle of evil, or a male and a female principle.
- n. In theol.: The doctrine that there are two independent divine beings or eternal principles, one good and the other evil: characteristic especially of Parsism and various Gnostic systems.
- n. The heretical doctrine, attributed to Nestorius by his opponents, of the twofold personality of Christ, the divine logos dwelling as a separate and distinct person in the man Christ Jesus, and the union of the two natures being somewhat analogous to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the believer; that view of the personality of Christ which regards him as consisting of two personalities.
- n. In chem., a theory advanced by Berzelius which assumed that every compound, whether simple or complex, must be constituted of two parts of which one is positively and the other negatively electrified.
- n. In general, any system or theory involving a duality of principles
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- n. the doctrine that reality consists of two basic opposing elements, often taken to be mind and matter (or mind and body), or good and evil
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