metanoia

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noun meta·noia \ˌme-tə-ˈnȯi-ə\

Definition of metanoia

  1. :  a transformative change of heart; especially :  a spiritual conversion

Origin and Etymology of metanoia

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


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