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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. The members of a Catharist religious sect of southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries, exterminated for heresy during the Inquisition.

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  • proper n. The inhabitants of Albi, a city in southern France.
  • proper n. A sect of reformers opposed to the church of Rome in the 12th century; a branch of the Catharists, distinct from the Waldenses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. A sect of reformers opposed to the church of Rome in the 12th centuries.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A collective name for the members of several anti-sacerdotal sects in the south of France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries: so called from Albi, in Languedoc, where they were dominant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Christian religious sect in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; believers in Albigensianism

Etymologies

Medieval Latin Albigēnsēs, pl. of Albigēnsis, inhabitant of Albiga, Albi, a town of southern France where the sect was dominant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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