Catharism, n.Catharistic, adj.
/kath"ahr/, n., pl. Cathari /-euh ruy'/, Cathars.
(in medieval Europe) a member of any of several rigorously ascetic Christian sects maintaining a dualistic theology. Also called Catharist /kath"euhr ist/.
[1630-40; < LL Cathari (pl.) < LGk hoi Katharoí Novatians, lit., the pure; applied in ML to various sects]

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