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gnosticism

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noun, often capitalized gnos·ti·cism \ˈnäs-tə-ˌsi-zəm\

Definition of gnosticism

  1. :  the thought and practice especially of various cults of late pre-Christian and early Christian centuries distinguished by the conviction that matter is evil and that emancipation comes through gnosis



1664

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1664

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