synderesis

noun
syn·​de·​re·​sis | \ ˌsindəˈrēsə̇s \
variants: or synteresis \ -​ntə-​ \
plural -es

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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History and Etymology for synderesis

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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synderesis. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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