Definition of Albigenses in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌalbəˈjensēz/

plural noun

The members of a heretical sect in southern France in the 12th-13th centuries, identified with the Cathars. Their teaching was a form of Manichaean dualism, with an extremely strict moral and social code.
Example sentences
  • Montanists, Paulicians, Albigenses, Waldensians, and even St. Patrick of Ireland as some of the forerunners to the German Anabaptists, who in turn gave rise to the modern Baptist churches.
  • 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.
  • The Church defined heresy, and repressed it severely, as when Pope Innocent III launched the armed Crusade that brutally repressed the Albigenses and devastated [desolated] much of southern France.



Pronunciation: /ˌalbəˈjen(t)SH(ə)n/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Fontan argued that the Occitans were an ethnic group that had suffered genocide at the time of the Albigensian crusades.
  • A number of historians, notably Sir Steven Runciman, have seen links between gnosticism, the Albigensian beliefs and the Templars.
  • When the Albigensian heresy was abroad in medieval France and Italy there was an actual theological difference based on rebellion against or acceptance of the material world.


Medieval Latin, from Albiga, the Latin name of Albi in southern France.

Words that rhyme with Albigenses

amanuenses, menses, Waldenses

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Syllabification: Al·bi·gen·ses

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