Definition of synderesis
1 : inborn knowledge of the primary principles of moral action —distinguished from syneidesis
2 : the essence, ground, or center of the soul that enters into communion with God : the spark or emanation of divinity in the soul
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Origin and Etymology of synderesis
Medieval Latin, from Greek syntērēsis preservation, from syntērein to preserve (from syn- + tērein to guard, observe) + -sis; akin to Greek tinein to pay — more at pain
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