- pertaining to knowledge.
- possessing knowledge, especially esoteric knowledge of spiritual matters.
- (initial capital letter) pertaining to or characteristic of the Gnostics.
- (initial capital letter) a member of any of certain sects among the early Christians who claimed to have superior knowledge of spiritual matters, and explained the world as created by powers or agencies arising as emanations from the Godhead.
Origin of gnostic
Origin of -gnostic
Examples from the Web for gnostic
We also have the Gnostic Gospels, discovered in 1947 and adding a wealth of insights into early Christian thinking.Who Was Jesus, Anyway?
December 1, 2013
The spread and influence of the Gnostic sects was notoriously wide.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
Omnia subito is not its device, but that of the Gnostic heresy.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
He who is conversant with all kinds of wisdom will be pre-eminently a Gnostic.Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries
Similarly the g in gnostic, the e in eulogy, p in pneumonia, the h in chromatic.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
M. Papus speaks of him as the founder and patriarch of the Gnostic Church.Devil-Worship in France
Arthur Edward Waite
- of, relating to, or possessing knowledge, esp esoteric spiritual knowledge
- an adherent of Gnosticism
- of or relating to Gnostics or to Gnosticism
Word Origin and History for gnostic
1580s, "believer in a mystical religious doctrine of spiritual knowledge," from Late Latin Gnosticus, from Late Greek Gnostikos, noun use of adj. gnostikos "knowing, able to discern," from gnostos "knowable," from gignoskein "to learn, to come to know" (see know). Applied to various early Christian sects that claimed direct personal knowledge beyond the Gospel or the Church hierarchy.
"relating to knowledge," 1650s, from Greek gnostikos "knowing, able to discern," from gnostos "known, perceived, understood," from gignoskein "to learn, to come to know" (see know).