Encratite

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Encratite (Eccl. Hist) One of a sect in the 2d century who abstained from marriage, wine, and animal food; -- called also Continent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n encratite In the early history of the church, especially among the Gnostics, one of those ascetics who refrained from marriage and from the use of flesh-meat and wine. They were members of various heretical sects, although sometimes spoken of as a distinct body founded by the apologist Tatian, of the second century. They were also called Continents.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Encratite en′kra-tīt one of a heretical sect in the early church, who abstained from marriage, and from flesh and wine
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Encratitae, pl., fr. Gr. self-disciplined; in + strength
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formed from Gr. egkratēs, continent—en, in, kratos, strength.

Usage

In literature:

The Encratites and the Sevenians adopted neither the Acts, nor the Epistles of Paul.
"The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume IV. 1794-1796." by Thomas Paine
The Encratites and the Sevenians adopted neither the Acts, nor the Epistles of Paul.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
It is of a strongly Encratite character and dates from the 2nd century.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
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