gnosis

[noh-sis]

Origin of gnosis

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

-gnosis

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

Origin of -gnosis

< Latin -gnōsis < Greek; see gnosis
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Contemporary Examples of gnosis

  • Gnosis was never really “founded,” per se, but forged over time among a group of people who became friends talking over code.

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    The Hackers Who Broke Gawker

    Brian Ries

    December 15, 2010

  • Gnosis now understands how a large website such as Gawker functions.

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    The Hackers Who Broke Gawker

    Brian Ries

    December 15, 2010

  • Nobody else should feel too threatened that Gnosis is out digging around.

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    The Hackers Who Broke Gawker

    Brian Ries

    December 15, 2010

  • “We try to keep our ears open,” said one of the Gnosis members.

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    The Hackers Who Broke Gawker

    Brian Ries

    December 15, 2010

  • Another one of the hackers shared some of the backgrounds of Gnosis group members.

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    New Gawker Security Breach

    Brian Ries

    December 14, 2010

Historical Examples of gnosis


British Dictionary definitions for gnosis

gnosis

noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  1. 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

-gnosis

n combining form
  1. (esp in medicine) recognition or knowledgeprognosis; diagnosis
Derived Forms-gnostic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -gnosis

via Latin from Greek: gnosis
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Word Origin and History for gnosis
n.

"special knowledge of spiritual mysteries," 1703, from Greek gnosis "investigation, knowledge," in Christian writers, "higher knowledge of spiritual things" (see gnostic (adj.)).

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