Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
A congregation of religious in Italy; so called from their professing themselves amantes Deum, "lovers of God;" or rather amata Deo, "Beloved of God." They wore a grey habit and wooden shoes, had no breeches, and girt themselves with a cord. They had twenty-eight convents, and were united by Pope Pius V. partly with the Bistercian order, and partly with that of the Socolanti, or wooden shoe wearers.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Amedians'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/a/amedians.html. 1802.