gnos·​tic ˈnä-stik How to pronounce gnostic (audio)
often capitalized
: an adherent of gnosticism
gnostic adjective often capitalized

Examples of gnostic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Create a fog of mystery around your methods, tools and processes that only the deepest gnostics of your profession can penetrate. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Late Latin gnosticus, from Greek gnōstikos of knowledge, from gignōskein

First Known Use

circa 1587, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gnostic was circa 1587

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“Gnostic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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