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 Catharine-wheel Republics.Cathay’. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cath’arists.
 
A sect of the Manicheans; so called from their professed purity of faith. (Greek, kath’aros, pure.) They maintained that matter is the source of all evil; that Christ had not a real body; that the human body is incapable of newness of life; and that the sacraments do not convey grace. (See Ducange: vol. ii. p. 289, col. 1.)   1
 


 Catharine-wheel Republics.Cathay’. 

 
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