synderesis

noun

syn·​de·​re·​sis
ˌsindəˈrēsə̇s
variants or synteresis
-ntə-
plural -es
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

Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin, from Greek syntērēsis preservation, from syntērein to preserve (from syn- + tērein to guard, observe) + -sis; akin to Greek tinein to pay

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“Synderesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synderesis. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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