Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Intuitive apprehension of spiritual truths, an esoteric form of knowledge sought by the Gnostics.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Science; knowledge; knowledge of the highest kind; specifically, mystical knowledge. See Gnostic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Metaph.) The deeper wisdom; knowledge of spiritual truth, such as was claimed by the Gnostics.

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  • noun Gnosticism An immanent form of knowledge or transcendent insight, such as sought by the Gnostics.
  • noun Act or process of knowing.
  • noun occult An altered state of awareness in which the will is magically effective.

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  • noun intuitive knowledge of spiritual truths; said to have been possessed by ancient Gnostics

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek gnōsis, knowledge, from gignōskein, gnō-, to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Ancient Greek γνῶσις (gnō̃sis, "knowledge").

Examples

  • Along with Gnostics (from the Greek word "gnosis" meaning knowledge) they were persecuted, anathematised and systematically and progressively oppressed.

    Al-Ahram Weekly Online

  • Gnosticism—derived from gnosis, the Greek word for knowledge—grew alongside early Christianity.

    Goddess Inspiration Oracle: Sophia | the blog of author, illustrator and designer Kris Waldherr

  • Gnosticism—derived from gnosis, the Greek word for knowledge—grew alongside early Christianity.

    2007 August | the blog of author, illustrator and designer Kris Waldherr

  • Others, he noted, were quite sure they had attained a certain 'gnosis' - had, more or less successfully, solved the problem of existence; while I was quite sure I had not, and had a pretty strong conviction that the problem was insoluble.

    The God Delusion

  • They were quite sure they had attained a certain "gnosis" -- had, more or less successfully, solved the problem of existence; while I was quite sure I had not, and had a pretty strong conviction that the problem was insoluble.

    Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley — Volume 1

  • However, it can also be perverted to serve destructive ambitions - primarily by interlaced sanctions and votive misdirections that amplify the role of nationalistic religious bureaucracies - or substitute a placebo myth of lazy boy redemption that reduces the opportunity for acquired "gnosis" - a psycho active process that in fact rests upon placing everything in the balance of personal observation and allowing Occam to function within various self-reflective realms of personal consciousness.

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  • However, it can also be perverted to serve destructive ambitions - primarily by interlaced sanctions and votive misdirections that amplify the role of nationalistic religious bureaucracies - or substitute a placebo myth of lazy boy redemption that reduces the opportunity for acquired "gnosis" - a psycho active process that in fact rests upon placing everything in the balance of personal observation and allowing Occam to function within various self-reflective realms of personal consciousness.

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  • However, it can also be perverted to serve destructive ambitions - primarily by interlaced sanctions and votive misdirections that amplify the role of nationalistic religious bureaucracies - or substitute a placebo myth of lazy boy redemption that reduces the opportunity for acquired "gnosis" - a psycho active process that in fact rests upon placing everything in the balance of personal observation and allowing Occam to function within various self-reflective realms of personal consciousness.

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  • The objective trail commonly reflects the same imprint - or "blueprint" and therefore becomes religiously valid through actual praxis or applied "gnosis" - with the actual encounter typically amounting to the dissolution of personal ego states into a unitary sense of at-one-ment commonly described as harmonious alignment with a more expansive "meta reality".

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  • The objective trail commonly reflects the same imprint - or "blueprint" and therefore becomes religiously valid through actual praxis or applied "gnosis" - with the actual encounter typically amounting to the dissolution of personal ego states into a unitary sense of at-one-ment commonly described as harmonious alignment with a more expansive "meta reality".

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