[ nos-tik ]
/ ˈnɒs tɪk /
adjective Also gnos·ti·cal.
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.
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Origin of gnostic
1555–65; <Late Latin Gnōsticī (plural) name of the sect <Greek gnōstikós (singular) pertaining to knowledge, equivalent to gnōst(ós) known + -ikos-ic
OTHER WORDS FROM gnosticgnos·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·gnos·tic, adjective, nounan·ti·gnos·ti·cal, adjectiveun·gnos·tic, adjective
Definition for gnostic (2 of 2)
Origin of -gnostic
<Medieval Latin -gnōsticus<Greek gnōstikós pertaining to knowledge
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British Dictionary definitions for gnostic (1 of 2)
/ (ˈnɒstɪk) /
of, relating to, or possessing knowledge, esp esoteric spiritual knowledge
Derived forms of gnosticgnostically, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for gnostic (2 of 2)
/ (ˈnɒstɪk) /
an adherent of Gnosticism
of or relating to Gnostics or to Gnosticism
Word Origin for Gnostic
C16: from Late Latin Gnosticī the Gnostics, from Greek gnōstikos relating to knowledge, from gnōstos known, from gignōskein to know
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