a profound, usually spiritual, transformation; conversion.

Origin of metanoia

1870–75; < Greek metánoia change of mind, repentance; see meta-, -noia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for metanoia

Historical Examples of metanoia

  • The Metanoia, the re-directing of my thought, was a thorough and basic change.

  • I see no way out of all this except as one of us after another reaches the Metanoia, the new point of view as regards God.

Word Origin and History for metanoia

1768, "penitence, spiritual conversion," from Greek metanoia "afterthought, repentance," from metanoein "to change one's mind or purpose," from meta- (see meta) + noein "to have mental perception," from noos "mind, thought."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper