• WordNet 3.6
    • n Cathari a Christian religious sect in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries; believers in Albigensianism
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cathari An appellation of different early and medieval religious sects; the Catharists. See Catharist.
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In literature:

Among these were the Cathari, Lombards, Albigenses, Waldenses, and Vaudois.
"The Last Reformation" by F. G. [Frederick George] Smith
The Cathari were hunted down and put to death throughout Italy.
"The Freethinker's Text Book, Part II." by Annie Besant
A common persecution brought them nearer to the Cathari and favored the fusion of their ideas.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
A little later we find them styled Cathari, or Pure Ones.
"A Forgotten Hero" by Emily Sarah Holt
Before the middle of that age, the Cathari, Henricians, Petrobussians, and others appear, and the new opinions attracted universal notice.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
With the eagerness of an impassioned convert he proceeded to reveal all that lifelong intercourse with the Cathari had brought to his knowledge.
"A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume II" by Henry Charles Lea
CATHARI, Pastoral Epistles, 127.
"Expositor's Bible: Index" by S. G. Ayres