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gnosis

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noun gno·sis \ˈnō-səs\

Definition of gnosis

  1. :  esoteric knowledge of spiritual truth held by the ancient Gnostics to be essential to salvation



Origin of gnosis

Greek gnōsis, literally, knowledge, from gignōskein


First Known Use: 1703

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