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Bardesanists

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Followers of Bardesanes, of Edessa, founder of a Gnostic sect in the second century. They believed that the human body was ethereal till it became imbruted with sin. Milton, in his Comus, refers to this:—

“When Lust


By unchaste looks, loose gestures, and foul talk,

Lets in defilement to the inward parts,

The soul grows clotted by contagion,

Imbodies and imbrutes.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Barber
Barber Poet
Barber’s Pole
Barbican (The) or Barbacan
Barbier
Barcarole
Barcelona (A)
Barclayans
Barcochebah or Barchõchebas (Shimeon)
Bardesanists
Bardit
Bardo deBardi
Bardolph
Bards
Barebone Parliament (The)
Barefaced
Barefooted
Bare Poles
Bargain
Bark