Nous Definition

no͝os, nous
noun
Reason and knowledge as opposed to sense perception.
American Heritage
The rational part of the individual human soul.
American Heritage
Mind, reason, or intellect, specif. as a metaphysical principle.
Webster's New World
In Stoicism, the equivalent of Logos.
American Heritage
Shrewdness or understanding; savvy.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Nous

  • From Ancient Greek νοῦς (nous) or νόος (noös, “mind").

    From Wiktionary

  • Greek

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

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