Fratricelli

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Fratricelli (Eccl. Hist) The name which St. Francis of Assisi gave to his followers, early in the 13th century.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fratricelli The common designation of a body of reformed Franciscans authorized by Pope Celestine V. in 1294, under the name of Poor Hermits, who afterward defied the authority of the popes, rejected the sacraments, and held that Christian perfection consists in absolute poverty. They were severely persecuted, but continued as a distinct sect until the fifteenth century. Also Fraticelli.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. fraticelli, lit., little brothers, dim. fr. frate, brother, L. frater,

Usage

In literature:

Fratricelli, sketch of the, 247.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
Fratricelli, their affirmation, i.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
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