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Medieval Latin Waldensis (c. 1170), so called from Petrus Waldus, or Peter Waldo, a merchant of Lyon, who founded this sect around AD 1170. For the surname, see Waldo.


Waldense (plural Waldenses)

  1. (historical, Christianity) A member of a sect of dissenters from the ecclesiastical system of the Roman Catholic Church, who in the 13th century were driven by persecution to the valleys of Piedmont.


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