Petrobrusian [pe-troh-broo-zhuh n, -shuh n] WORD ORIGIN noun a member of a 12th-century sect in S France that rejected the Mass, infant baptism, prayers for the dead, sacerdotalism, the veneration of the cross, and the building of churches.

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  • Origin of Petrobrusian 1550–60; Medieval Latin petrobrusiānus, named after Petrus Brusius Pierre de Bruys, 12th-century Frenchman who founded the sect; see -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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