synderesis

noun syn·de·re·sis \ˌsindəˈrēsə̇s\
variants: or

synteresis

\-ntə-\

Definition of synderesis

plural

-es

  1. 1 :  inborn knowledge of the primary principles of moral action —distinguished from syneidesis

  2. 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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