[ thee-os-uh-fee ]
/ θiˈɒs ə fi /


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

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/ (θɪˈɒsəfɪ) /


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

Derived Forms

theosophical (ˌθɪəˈsɒfɪkəl), adjectivetheosophically, adverbtheosophism, nountheosophist, noun

Word Origin for theosophy

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