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

Examples of gnosticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In effect, as Del Noce argued throughout his career, Marxism was and is a new form of an old heresy, gnosticism. Francis X. Maier, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of gnosticism

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gnosticism

see gnostic

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14 Jan 2022

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“Gnosticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gnosticism. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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