Definition of Mandaean in English:

Mandaean

Syllabification: Man·dae·an
Pronunciation: /manˈdēən
 
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(also Mandean)

noun

1A member of a Gnostic sect surviving in Iraq and southwestern Iran, who regard John the Baptist as the Messiah and stress salvation through knowledge of the divine origin of the soul.
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  • There is even a group of Mandaeans: theirs is a tiny Gnostic sect.
  • The Government has informed the tribunal that Mandaeans are discriminated against but not persecuted.
  • Not surprisingly, a number of Mandaeans have fled to Australia, where they're not finding life a lot easier.
2The religious language of the Mandaean sect, a form of Aramaic.

adjective

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Relating to the Mandaeans or their language.
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  • At Yardenit in Israel, there is a major baptism site on the river which attracts Greek and Russian Orthodox Pilgrims and the Mandean people of the only surviving Gnostic religion.
  • Even in modern day Sydney, Aramaic dialects are used by the local Assyrian and Mandaean communities.
  • Jews, Christians, even the Mandaean gnostic sect of the Sabeans, are all granted freedom to practice and to live in peace.

Origin

late 19th century: from Mandaean Aramaic mandaia 'Gnostics, those who have knowledge' (from manda 'knowledge') + -an.

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