American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or possessing intellectual or spiritual knowledge.
- adj. Of or relating to Gnosticism.
- n. A believer in Gnosticism.
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. The Gnostics held that knowledge rather than faith was the road to heaven, and professed to have a peculiar knowledge of religious mysteries. They rejected the literal interpretation of the Scriptures, and attempted to combine their teachings with those of the Greek and Oriental philosophies and religions. They held that God was the unknowable and the unapproachable; that from him proceeded, by emanation, subordinate deities termed eons, from whom again proceeded other still inferior spirits. The Gnostics were in general agreed in believing in the principles of dualism and Docetism and in the existence of a demiurge or world-creator. Christ they regarded as a superior eon, who had descended from the Infinite God in order to subdue the god or eon of this world. Their chief seats were in Syria and Egypt, but their doctrines were taught everywhere, and at an early date they separated into a variety of sects.
- adj. Of, or relating to, intellectual or spiritual knowledge
- adj. Of, or relating to Gnosticism
- n. A believer in Gnosticism
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Old Slang Knowing; wise; shrewd.
- adj. (Eccl. Hist.) Of or pertaining to Gnosticism or its adherents.
- n. (Eccl. Hist.) 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
- adj. possessing intellectual or esoteric knowledge of spiritual things
- adj. of or relating to Gnosticism
- n. an advocate of Gnosticism
- From Ancient Greek γνωστικός (gnōstikos, "relating to knowledge"), from γνωστός (gnōstos, "known"), from γιγνώσκω (gignōskō, "I know"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
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