[ noh-sis ]
/ ˈnoʊ sɪs /


knowledge of spiritual matters; mystical knowledge.


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Origin of gnosis

1695–1705; < New Latin < Greek gnṓsis a seeking to know, equivalent to gnō-, base of gignṓskein know1 + -sis -sis

Definition for gnosis (2 of 2)


a combining form meaning “knowledge,” used in the formation of compound words: prognosis.

Origin of -gnosis

< Latin -gnōsis < Greek; see gnosis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for gnosis (1 of 2)

/ (ˈnəʊsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)

supposedly revealed knowledge of various spiritual truths, esp that said to have been possessed by ancient Gnostics

Word Origin for gnosis

C18: ultimately from Greek: knowledge, from gignōskein to know

British Dictionary definitions for gnosis (2 of 2)


n combining form

(esp in medicine) recognition or knowledgeprognosis; diagnosis

Derived forms of -gnosis

-gnostic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -gnosis

via Latin from Greek: gnosis
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