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A disciple of the early heretic Priscillian, who taught doctrines alleged to be Gnostic or Manichaean.
Of or relating to the Priscillianists or their doctrines.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Capgrave (1393–1464), prior of Bishop's Lynn, theologian, and historian. From post-classical Latin Priscillianista disciple of Priscillian from Priscillianus Priscillian, the name of a bishop of Avila, in Spain (d. 385) + -ista.
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