- knowledge of spiritual matters; mystical knowledge.
Origin of gnosis
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- supposedly revealed knowledge of various spiritual truths, esp that said to have been possessed by ancient Gnostics
C18: ultimately from Greek: knowledge, from gignōskein to know
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Word Origin and History for gnoses
"special knowledge of spiritual mysteries," 1703, from Greek gnosis "investigation, knowledge," in Christian writers, "higher knowledge of spiritual things" (see gnostic (adj.)).
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