adjective Also gnos·ti·cal.
Origin of gnostic
Origin of -gnostic
Examples from the Web for gnostic
We also have the Gnostic Gospels, discovered in 1947 and adding a wealth of insights into early Christian thinking.
But similar myths abound in Gnostic systems, and therefore fables may represent both elements of the heterodox teaching.The Expositor's Bible: The Pastoral Epistles|Alfred Plummer
The allusion is polemical to the vaunted progress of the Gnostic teachers.
The Gnostic recast Lipsius dates about the middle of the 3rd century.
He thus becomes the true Gnostic, but he can become the true Gnostic only by contemplation and by the practice of what is right.
For the men who were thus enamoured of indefiniteness, of shifting sentiments and flexible creeds, were Gnostic heretics.
Word Origin for Gnostic
1580s, "believer in a mystical religious doctrine of spiritual knowledge," from Late Latin Gnosticus, from Late Greek Gnostikos, noun use of adj. gnostikos "knowing, able to discern," from gnostos "knowable," from gignoskein "to learn, to come to know" (see know). Applied to various early Christian sects that claimed direct personal knowledge beyond the Gospel or the Church hierarchy.
"relating to knowledge," 1650s, from Greek gnostikos "knowing, able to discern," from gnostos "known, perceived, understood," from gignoskein "to learn, to come to know" (see know).