Marcionite (n.) 1540, early Christian sect, named for Gnostic Marcion of Sinope (c.140), who denied any connection between the Old Testament and the New. They contrasted the barbaric and incompetent creator in the Old Testament, who favored bandits and killers, with the "higher god" of Christ. They also emphasized virginity and rejection of marriage. They flourished, especially in the East, until late 4c.

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  • Marcionite — Mar cion*ite (m[aum]r sh[u^]n*[imac]t), n. (Eccl. Hist) A follower of Marcion, a Gnostic of the second century, who adopted the Oriental notion of the two conflicting principles, and imagined that between them there existed a third power, neither …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • marcionite — ● marcionite ou marcioniste adjectif et nom Relatif au marcionisme ; disciple de Marcion …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Marcionite — /mahr sheuh nuyt /, n. 1. a member of a Gnostic ascetic sect that flourished from the 2nd to 7th century A.D. and that rejected the Old Testament and denied the incarnation of God in Christ. adj. 2. of or pertaining to the Marcionites or their… …   Universalium

  • Marcionite — noun see Marcionism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • marcionite — 1. noun A follower of marcionism. 2. adjective Of or pertaining to marcionism …   Wiktionary

  • Marcionite — Mar|ci|o|ni|te, der; n, n [nach dem Sektengründer Marcion]: Anhänger einer bedeutenden (vom Alten Testament verworfenen) gnostischen Sekte (im 2. bis 4. Jh.) …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Marcionite — Mar|ci|o|ni|te [...ts...] der; n, n <nach dem Sektengründer Marcion u. zu 3↑> Anhänger einer bedeutenden gnostischen Sekte (2. 4. Jh.), die das Alte Testament verwarf …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • marcionite — mar·cion·ite …   English syllables

  • Marcionite — Mar•cion•ite [[t]ˈmɑr ʃəˌnaɪt[/t]] also Mar′cion•ist n. rel a member of a Gnostic sect of the 2nd and 3th centuries that rejected the Old Testament • Etymology: 1530–40; < LL Marciōn , s. ofMarciōMarcion (died c160), founder of the sect + ite… …   From formal English to slang

  • Marcionite — /ˈmaʃənaɪt/ (say mahshuhnuyt) noun 1. an adherent of an ascetic Christian sect founded by Marcion, c.85 – c.160, bishop of Sinope, who rejected the authority of most of the Old and New Testaments and found perfection only in Jesus Christ,… …   Australian English dictionary

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