Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

theosophy

play
noun the·os·o·phy \-fē\

Definition of theosophy

  1. 1 :  teaching about God and the world based on mystical insight

  2. 2 often capitalized :  the teachings of a modern movement originating in the United States in 1875 and following chiefly Buddhist and Brahmanic theories especially of pantheistic evolution and reincarnation

theo·soph·i·cal play \ˌthē-ə-ˈsä-fi-kəl\ adjective
theo·soph·i·cal·ly play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of theosophy

Medieval Latin theosophia, from Late Greek, from Greek the- + sophia wisdom — more at -sophy


First Known Use: 1650


Learn More about theosophy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up theosophy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift pince-nez duvet kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ