1950, coined by U.S. writer Latin Ron Hubbard (1911-1986), an alteration of dianoetic (1670s) "of or pertaining to thought," from Greek dianoetikos "of or for thinking; intellectual," from dianoetos, verbal adjective from dianoe-esthai "to think," from dia- "through" (see dia-) + noe-ein "to think, suppose."

Nearby words

  1. diamox,
  2. diamyl sulfide,
  3. diana,
  4. diana complex,
  5. diandrous,
  6. dianoetic,
  7. dianoia,
  8. dianthus,
  9. diapason,
  10. diapason normal pitch

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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