Definition of Paulician in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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