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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a sect in the 2d century who abstained from marriage, wine, and animal food; -- called also Continent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the early history of the church, especially among the Gnostics, one of those ascetics who refrained from marriage and from the use of flesh-meat and wine.


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