gnosticism

noun, often capitalized
gnos·​ti·​cism | \ ˈnä-stə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce gnosticism (audio) \

Definition of gnosticism

: 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

First Known Use of gnosticism

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gnosticism

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“Gnosticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gnosticism. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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