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metanoia

[met-uh-noi-uh] /ˌmɛt əˈnɔɪ ə/
noun
1.
a profound, usually spiritual, transformation; conversion.
Origin of metanoia
1870-1875
1870-75; < Greek metánoia change of mind, repentance; see meta-, -noia
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  • The metanoia, the re-directing of my thought, was a thorough and basic change.

  • I see no way out of all this except as one of us after another reaches the metanoia, the new point of view as regards God.

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noun

the wall that divides the abdomen from thorax in insects

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Word Origin and History for metanoia
n.

1768, "penitence, spiritual conversion," from Greek metanoia "afterthought, repentance," from metanoein "to change one's mind or purpose," from meta- (see meta) + noein "to have mental perception," from noos "mind, thought."

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