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Gnosticism

[ nos-tuh-siz-uhm ]

noun

, Christianity.
  1. a group of ancient heresies, stressing escape from this world through the acquisition of esoteric knowledge.


Gnosticism

/ ˈnɒstɪˌsɪzəm /

noun

  1. a religious movement characterized by a belief in gnosis, through which the spiritual element in man could be released from its bondage in matter: regarded as a heresy by the Christian Church


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Gnosticism1

First recorded in 1660–70; Gnostic + -ism

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Example Sentences

The conflict with Gnosticism made it necessary to find some sort of solution to the question, "What is Christian?"

Gnosticism was particularly successful in Egypt, which was predestined to accept it by the whole of its past.

It is certain that there are to be found in their religion traces of Gnosticism and Magianism.

Basilides, then, represents that form of Gnosticism that is closest to Persian dualism in its final form.

Whether Basilides himself had already given this magic tendency to Gnosticism cannot be decided.

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