Gnosis definition

nōsĭs
Knowledge of spiritual things, esp. a secret and superior knowledge limited to an elite few, such as the Gnostics claimed to have.
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Knowledge, recognition.

Diagnosis.

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Intuitive apprehension of spiritual truths, an esoteric form of knowledge sought by the Gnostics.
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(Gnosticism) An immanent form of knowledge or transcendent insight, such as sought by the Gnostics.
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Act or process of knowing.
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(occult) An altered state of awareness in which the will is magically effective.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gnosis
Plural:
gnoses

Origin of gnosis

  • < Gr gnōsis: see gnosis

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Greek gnōsis knowledge from gignōskein gnō- to know gnō- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek γνῶσις (gnō̃sis, “knowledge”).

    From Wiktionary