- Greek Philosophy. mind or intellect.
- Neoplatonism. the first and purest emanation of the One, regarded as the self-contemplating order of the universe.
Origin of nous
1670–80; < Greek noûs, contracted variant of nóos mind
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Examples from the Web for nous
"Nous allong—" began Rose, meekly; but she was cut short in her repetition.Hildegarde's Holiday
Laura E. Richards
Why, I've been the secret wolf he never had the nous to guess at!The La Chance Mine Mystery
Susan Carleton Jones
I cried, as I realised that it was the other end Jack Penny had had the nous to lower at once.Bunyip Land
George Manville Fenn
It is needless to say, that now "Nous avons chang tout cela."
We find423 connected the terms "nous" and "phronsis," also "anastasis."Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4
- metaphysics mind or reason, esp when regarded as the principle governing all things
- British slang common sense; intelligence
C17: from Greek, literally: mind
Word Origin and History for nous
slang for "intelligence, common sense," 1706, from Greek nous, Attic form of noos "mind, intellect," which was taken in English in philosophy 1670s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper