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gnostic

[ nos-tik ]
/ ˈnɒs tɪk /
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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.

noun

(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
gnos·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·gnos·tic, adjective, nounan·ti·gnos·ti·cal, adjectiveun·gnos·tic, adjective

Definition for gnostic (2 of 2)

-gnostic

a combination of -gnosis and -ic, used to form adjectives from stems ending in -gnosis: prognostic.

Origin of -gnostic

<Medieval Latin -gnōsticus<Greek gnōstikós pertaining to knowledge
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British Dictionary definitions for gnostic (1 of 2)

gnostic

gnostical

/ (ˈnɒstɪk) /

adjective

of, relating to, or possessing knowledge, esp esoteric spiritual knowledge
gnostically, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for gnostic (2 of 2)

Gnostic
/ (ˈnɒstɪk) /

noun

an adherent of Gnosticism

adjective

of or relating to Gnostics or to Gnosticism
C16: from Late Latin Gnosticī the Gnostics, from Greek gnōstikos relating to knowledge, from gnōstos known, from gignōskein to know
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