from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or possessing intellectual or spiritual knowledge.
- adj. Of or relating to Gnosticism.
- n. A believer in Gnosticism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, or relating to, intellectual or spiritual knowledge
- adj. Of, or relating to Gnosticism
- n. A believer in Gnosticism
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Knowing; wise; shrewd.
- adj. Of or pertaining to Gnosticism or its adherents.
- n. One of the so-called philosophers in the first ages of Christianity, who claimed a true philosophical interpretation of the Christian religion. Their system combined Oriental theology and Greek philosophy with the doctrines of Christianity. They held that all natures, intelligible, intellectual, and material, are derived from the Deity by successive emanations, which they called Eons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having knowledge; possessing mystic or esoteric knowledge of spiritual things.
- Worldly-wise; knowing; clever or smart.
- [capitalized] Pertaining to the Gnostics or to Gnosticism; cabalistic; theosophic.
- n. A member of one of certain rationalistic sects which arose in the Christian church in the first century, flourished in the second, and had almost entirely disappeared by the sixth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. possessing intellectual or esoteric knowledge of spiritual things
- adj. of or relating to Gnosticism
- n. an advocate of Gnosticism
Late Latin Gnōsticus, a Gnostic, from Late Greek Gnōstikos, from Greek gnōstikos, concerning knowledge, from gnōsis, knowledge; see gnosis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek γνωστικός (gnōstikos, "relating to knowledge"), from γνωστός (gnōstos, "known"), from γιγνώσκω (gignōskō, "I know"). (Wiktionary)