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  1. a profound, usually spiritual, transformation; conversion.
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Origin of metanoia

1870–75; < Greek metánoia change of mind, repentance; see meta-, -noia
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  • The Metanoia, the re-directing of my thought, was a thorough and basic change.

    The Conquest of Fear

    Basil King

  • 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."

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