Definition of Paulician in English:



  • A member of a religious sect which arose in Armenia in the 7th century AD, professing a modified form of Manichaeism.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Montanists, Paulicians, Albigenses, Waldensians, and even St. Patrick of Ireland were some of the forerunners to the German Anabaptists, who in turn gave rise to the modern Baptist churches.’
    • ‘In his teaching, Bogomil used some of the ideas of two earlier heretic philosophies which had penetrated Bulgaria via Byzantium - those of the Paulicians and the Manichaeans.’


From medieval Latin Pauliciani, Greek Paulikianoi, of unknown origin.