Mandaean

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Mandaean of or relating to the Mandaean people or their language or culture
    • n Mandaean the form of Aramaic used by the Mandeans
    • n Mandaean a member of a small Gnostic sect that originated in Jordan and survives in Iraq and who believes that John the Baptist was the Messiah
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Mandaean One of a very ancient religious body, still found, though its members are few, in the southern part of Babylonia. The religion of the Mandæans is a kind of Gnosticism, retaining many Jewish and Parsee elements. They worship as divine beings a number of personifications, especially of the attributes or names of God. Also called Mendaites, Nasoreans, and Sabians, and, by a misunderstanding, Christians of St. John.
    • n Mandaean The dialect of Aramaic in which the four sacred books of the Mandæans are written.
    • Mandaean Pertaining to the Mandæans or to Mandæism. Also Mendœan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n., adj Mandaean man-dē′an one of an ancient and still surviving sect in southern Babylonia, their religion a corrupt Gnosticism, with many Jewish and Parsee elements
    • Mandaean Also Mendaites, Nasoreans, and Sabians, and also Christians of St John
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Usage

In literature:

GOTTHEIL, R. J. H. Article "Mandaeans" (in Johnson's Universal Cyclopaedia).
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
In the Mandaean speculations the Seven are introduced with the Babylonian names of the planets.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 2" by Various
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In news:

Mandaeans have followed the teachings of John the Baptist for 2,000 years.
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