Definition of Waldenses in English:


plural noun

  • A puritan religious sect based originally in southern France, now chiefly in Italy and America, founded c.1170 by Peter Valdes (d.1205), a merchant of Lyons.

    • ‘The proclamational approach of the book of Acts had gradually transferred from Rome to the sectarian movements of the early and mid-Middle Ages: e.g. Paulicians, Albigenses, and Waldenses.’
    • ‘In Germany it targeted a sect called the Waldenses, and pantheists.’
    • ‘The poorly equipped Waldenses (also called Vaudois) offered heroic resistance.’