Meaning of Marcionite in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɑːʃ(ɪ)ənʌɪt/ /ˈmɑːsɪənʌɪt/


Christian Church
  • An adherent of the rigorously ascetic sect founded in Rome in the 2nd century a.d. by Marcion of Sinope, who rejected the authority of the Old and New Testaments (with the exception of ten of the Epistles of St Paul and an edited recension of the Gospel of St Luke) on the grounds that the god to which they referred was a God of Law rather than the God of Love.


Christian Church
  • Of or relating to the Marcionites.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Turner (d. 1568), naturalist and religious controversialist. From post-classical Latin Marcionita (early 3rd century in Tertullian) from the name of Marcion of Sinope (2nd century a.d.) + -ita.