A dualistic religion that combined Zoroastrian, Christian, Gnostic, and other beliefs in a theology of cosmic struggle between Good (light, God, spirit) and Evil (darkness, Satan, matter): it was founded by Mani (L. name Manichaeus) in Persia in the 3d cent. a.d.
Webster's New World
A dualistic philosophy dividing the world between good and evil principles or regarding matter as intrinsically evil and mind as intrinsically good.
Origin of Manichaeism
From Late Latin Manichaeus Manichaean from Late Greek Manikhaios from Manikhaios , Mani
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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