[ thee-os-uh-fee ]

  1. any of various forms of philosophical or religious thought based on a mystical insight into the divine nature.

  2. (often initial capital letters) the system of belief and practice of the Theosophical Society.

Origin of theosophy

1640–50; <Medieval Latin theosophia<Late Greek theosophía.See theo-, -sophy

Other words from theosophy

  • the·o·soph·i·cal [thee-uh-sof-i-kuhl], /ˌθi əˈsɒf ɪ kəl/, the·o·soph·ic, adjective
  • the·o·soph·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • the·os·o·phism, noun
  • the·os·o·phist, noun
  • non·the·o·soph·ic, adjective
  • non·the·o·soph·i·cal, adjective
  • non·the·o·soph·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use theosophy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for theosophy


/ (θɪˈɒsəfɪ) /

  1. any of various religious or philosophical systems claiming to be based on or to express an intuitive insight into the divine nature

  2. the system of beliefs of the Theosophical Society founded in 1875, claiming to be derived from the sacred writings of Brahmanism and Buddhism, but denying the existence of any personal God

Origin of theosophy

C17: from Medieval Latin theosophia, from Late Greek; see theo-, -sophy

Derived forms of theosophy

  • theosophical (ˌθɪəˈsɒfɪkəl), adjective
  • theosophically, adverb
  • theosophism, noun
  • theosophist, noun

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