meta·​noia ˌme-tə-ˈnȯi-ə How to pronounce metanoia (audio)
: a transformative change of heart
especially : a spiritual conversion

Examples of metanoia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Hunter, and the Greek Orthodox Church, metanoia means to change one’s mind; to expand it in such a way as to have a new perspective on the world or one’s self. Cassady Rosenblum, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2022 During this past year, consumers have been experiencing a metanoia - a turning point caused by the pandemic. Elizabeth Edwards, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021

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Word History


Greek, from metanoiein to change one's mind, repent, from meta- + noein to think, from nous mind

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metanoia was in 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Metanoia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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