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An adherent of a Gnostic sect founded by Marcus, a follower of Valentinus, in the Rhône valley in the 2nd cent. a.d.
Of, resembling, or characteristic of Ferdinand Marcos or his (authoritarian) rule.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Fulke (d. 1589), theologian and college head. From Byzantine Greek Μαρκώσιος follower of Marcus + -an<br>1980s; earliest use found in Valley Independent (Pennsylvania). From the name of Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, head of state in the Philippines 1966–86 + -ian; in some later uses, from the name of his widow, Imelda Romuáldez Marcos (b. 1929), member of the Philippine House of Representatives + -ian.
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