Definition of Manichaean in English:
1Of or relating to Manichaeism.
- The cardinal presented a strange, Manichean interpretation of twentieth-century history.
- However, haunted not only by his Manichean past but, soon, by Pelagian boasts of human moral competence, Augustine was never able to shake his anxieties about freedom.
- She denies any supernatural or Manichean force of evil.
1.1Of or characterized by dualistic contrast or conflict between opposites.
- And if good can come from evil, does this undermine a simplistic Manichean view of morality?
- Impatience and Manichean thinking are among the burdens of youth politics, whether in Berkeley or Cairo.
- Both men felt an early attraction to religious faith, a Manichaean inner conflict between flesh and spirit, a difficulty with responsibility and commitment, and a genius for humor and satire.
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An adherent of Manichaeism.
- Martin declares that he is a Manichaean, someone who believes that the material world is fundamentally evil.
- A Manichean who believes the world is essentially evil will draw radically different moral lessons than a pantheist who finds God present everywhere in his creation.
- Augustine was particularly sensitive to this need, because for many years as a young man he was a Manichean and hence denied the authenticity and relevance of the Old Testament for salvation.
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- Christians, however, considered Manicheanism to be an errant version of their own faith.
- Although Manichaeanism is said to be dead, there are many manuscripts in circulation today.
- This difficulty is fatal to Lewis's refutation of Manicheanism and, more significantly, to his moral argument.
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