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Acephali vs. Acephalic

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Acephalinoun

A people reported by Herodotus and Josephus to have no heads or removable heads.

Acephalicadjective

Without a head.

‘an acephalic statue’;

Acephalinoun

(ecclesiastical history) The Eutychians, a Christian sect in the year 482 without a leader. See [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01100c.htm].

Acephalicadjective

Characterized by a migraine aura without pain.

Acephalinoun

(ecclesiastical history) Bishops and certain clergymen not under regular diocesan control.

Acephalicadjective

Without a leader.

‘an acephalic society’;

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Acephalinoun

A class of levelers in the time of King Henry I.

Acephalicadjective

(prosody) Deficient in the beginning, as a line of poetry that is missing its expected opening syllable.

Acephali

A fabulous people reported by ancient writers to have heads.

Acephalicadjective

(of a manuscript) Lacking the first portion of the text.

Acephali

A Christian sect without a leader.

Acephali

A class of levelers in the time of K. Henry I.

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Acephali

In church history, the term acephali (from Ancient Greek: ἀκέφαλοι akephaloi, , singular ἀκέφαλος akephalos from ἀ- a-, , and κεφαλή kephalé, ) has been applied to several sects that supposedly had no leader. E. Cobham Brewer wrote, in Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, that acephalites, Jean Cooper wrote, in Dictionary of Christianity, that it characterizes .

‘headless’; ‘without’; ‘head’; ‘properly means men without a head.’; ‘various schismatical Christian bodies’;

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