Waldenses Wal*den"ses (?; 277), n. pl. [So called from Petrus Waldus, or Peter Waldo, a merchant of Lyons, who founded this sect about a. d. 1170.] (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. [1913 Webster]

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  • Waldenses — • An heretical sect which appeared in the second half of the twelfth century Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Waldenses     Waldenses      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • WALDENSES — eôdem circiter tempore, cum Albigensigus, de quibus supra, Lugduni exorti hincque Pauperes dicti de Lugduno, sicut a Waldo (vide supra voce Valdo) Waldenses seu Valdenses: quaedam cum Albigensibus habuerunt dogmata communia, ut vidimus.… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Waldenses — [wäl den′sēz] pl.n. [ME waldensis < ML waldenses, after Peter Waldo, 12th c. Fr merchant and founder of the sect] a sect of dissenters from the Roman Catholic Church which arose about 1170 in S France: excommunicated in 1184, they survive esp …   English World dictionary

  • Waldenses — Waldensian /wawl den see euhn, sheuhn, wol /, adj., n. /wawl den seez, wol /, n. (used with a sing. v.) a Christian sect that arose after 1170 in southern France, under the leadership of Pierre Waldo, a merchant of Lyons, and joined the… …   Universalium

  • Waldenses — noun plural Etymology: Middle English Waldensis, from Medieval Latin Waldenses, Valdenses, from Peter Waldo (or Valdo) Date: 15th century a Christian sect arising in southern France in the 12th century, adopting Calvinist doctrines in the 16th… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • WALDENSES —    a Christian community founded in 1170 in the south of France, on the model of the primitive Church, by Peter Walden, a rich citizen of Lyons, and who were driven by persecution from country to country until they settled in Piedmont under the… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Waldenses —  Puritanical Christian sect originating in the twelfth century …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Waldenses — n. Vaudois, small Christian sect that originated in southern France that arose with the Roman Catholic Church in the 12th and during the 16th joined the Reformation and adopted Calvinist doctrines …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Waldenses — [wɒl dɛnsi:z] plural noun a puritan religious sect originating in southern France. Derivatives Waldensian adjective &noun Origin named after the founder, Peter Valdes (d.1205) …   English new terms dictionary

  • waldenses — wal·den·ses …   English syllables

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