• WordNet 3.6
    • n Waldenses a Christian sect of dissenters that originated in southern France in the late 12th century adopted Calvinist doctrines in the 16th century
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Waldenses (Eccl. Hist) A sect of dissenters from the ecclesiastical system of the Roman Catholic Church, who in the 13th century were driven by persecution to the valleys of Piedmont, where the sect survives. They profess substantially Protestant principles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Waldenses The Waldensians.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Waldenses wol-den′sēz a famous Christian community of austere morality and devotion to the simplicity of the Gospel, which originally grew out of an anti-sacerdotal movement originated by Peter Waldo of Lyons in the second half of the 12th century—long cruelly persecuted, but still flourishing in the valleys of the Cottian Alps
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called from Petrus Waldus, or Peter Waldo, a merchant of Lyons, who founded this sect about a. d. 1170


In literature:

The Mirror of Baseness, by Radnecu Waldenses.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
What availed the struggles of the Waldenses in the Middle Ages?
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord
The Waldenses and Albigenses multiplied, and diversity of opinion spread in every direction.
"The Freethinker's Text Book, Part II." by Annie Besant
THE EXILES OF LUCERNA; or, The Sufferings of the Waldenses during the Persecution of 1686.
"Blown to Bits" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
Or take the Waldenses, of whom I lately have been reading, as examples of what strong men will endure.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
I thought, as I gazed upon it, how often the power of that throne had lain heavily upon the poor Waldenses.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
"Notes and Queries, Number 233, April 15, 1854" by Various
Vaudois, or Waldenses, of Provence, i.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
Alanus, the second book of whose treatise against heretics is an attack upon the Waldenses, expressly derives them from Waldo.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
Already the valleys of Piedmont were full of Waldenses.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper