Cathar

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Recorded since the 16th century; from Medieval Latin Catharī, from late Greek καθαροί (katharoí, the Pure), plural of Ancient Greek καθαρός (katharós, pure).

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Cathar (plural Cathari or Cathars)

  1. A member of certain so self-styled Novatian and other Christian sects embracing a form of dualism and extraordinary practices adhering to Mary Magdalene's teachings, persecuted by Roman Catholics as heretics.
    The Albigenses, famous Cathars in and around Albi (southern France), were eradicated in a bloody ‘crusade’.

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Most often used in the plural.

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