Manichaeism

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From Latin Manichaeus +‎ -ism, from Classical Syriac ܡܐܢܝ ܚܝܐ (Mānī ḥayyā, Living Mani), from the name of its founder, Mani, from Middle Persian and Classical Syriac Mānī (Modern Persian مانی (Māni)).[script?]

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  • IPA(key): /ˈmænɪkiːɪz(ə)m/

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Manichaeism

  1. (religion) A syncretic, dualistic religion that combined elements of Zoroastrian, Christian, and Gnostic thought, founded by the Iranian prophet Mani in 3rd century AD.
  2. (philosophy) A dualistic philosophy dividing the world between good and evil principles, or regarding matter as intrinsically evil and mind as intrinsically good.

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