One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A dualistic religious system with Christian, Gnostic, and pagan elements, founded in Persia in the 3rd century by Manes (c.216–c.276) and based on a supposed primeval conflict between light and darkness. It was widespread in the Roman Empire and in Asia, and survived in eastern Turkestan (Xinjiang) until the 13th century.
- ‘For instance, unlike Christianity or Manichaeism, there is no historical founder in Mandaean tradition.’
- ‘Although it is often portrayed as a Christian heresy, Manicheism was in fact an independent religion.’
- ‘The kings converted to Manichaeism, the ‘religion of light’, imported by refugees from the Middle East.’
- ‘Gnosticism eventually declined and was replaced by Manichaeism, founded by Mani.’
- ‘After abandoning Manicheism he turned to Neoplatism to elucidate his metaphysical thoughts about God.’
- 1.1 Religious or philosophical dualism.
- ‘For gone is the implied but relatively crude Manichaeism of the earlier books.’
- ‘The possibility of attaining paradise lies, instead, in the deconstruction of Manicheism by means of the integration of opposites.’
- ‘Central to its argument is the idea that the novel offers a critique of essentialism and Manicheism.’
- ‘With spiritual overtones, and an emphasis on an eternal struggle between equally matched forces of darkness and light, the films suggest a kind of pop-culture Manichaeism.’
Early 17th century: from late Latin Manichaeus (from the name Manes) + -ism.
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