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waldenses

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Noun, Noun Plural, Adjective
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Wal=den=ses

CIDE DICTIONARY

waldensesn. pl. [So called from Petrus Waldus, or Peter Waldo, a merchant of Lyons, who founded this sect about a. d. 1170.].
     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]

OXFORD DICTIONARY

waldenses, n.pl. a puritan religious sect orig. in S. France, now chiefly in Italy and America, founded c.1170 and much persecuted.

Derivative
Waldensian adj. & n.
Etymology
med.L f. Peter Waldo of Lyons, founder

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