noun, often capitalized gnos·ti·cism \ˈnä-stə-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 throughgnosis

Origin and Etymology of gnosticism

see gnostic

First Known Use: 1664

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