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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural The members of a Catharist religious sect of southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries, exterminated by the Inquisition for heresy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Eccl. Hist.) A sect of reformers opposed to the church of Rome in the 12th centuries.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Medieval Latin Albigēnsēs, pl. of Albigēnsis, inhabitant of Albiga, Albi, a town of southern France where the sect was dominant.]

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