theosophy

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noun the·os·o·phy \-fē\

Definition of theosophy

  1. 1 :  teaching about God and the world based on mystical insight

  2. 2 often capitalized :  the teachings of a modern movement originating in the United States in 1875 and following chiefly Buddhist and Brahmanic theories especially of pantheistic evolution and reincarnation

theosophical

play \ˌthē-ə-ˈsä-fi-kəl\ adjective

theosophically

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Did You Know?

The word theosophy, combining roots meaning "God" and "wisdom", appeared back in the 17th century, but the well-known religious movement by that name, under the leadership of the Russian Helena Blavatsky, appeared only around 1875. Blavatsky's theosophy combined elements of Plato's philosophy with Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu thought (including reincarnation), in a way that she claimed had been divinely revealed to her. The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875 to promote her beliefs, still exists, as does the Anthroposophical Society, founded by her follower Rudolf Steiner.

Origin and Etymology of theosophy

Medieval Latin theosophia, from Late Greek, from Greek the- + sophia wisdom — more at -sophy


First Known Use: 1650


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