EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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.
-sophy Related forms the·o·soph·i·cal , [thee- uh- sof-i-k uh l] /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
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Examples from the Web for theosophy Historical Examples of theosophy
If that is
theosophy, I will believe it when I am old, fat and a Hun.
Philosophy she lacked, but
theosophy, which is a pansophy, she possessed—when she did not need it. Theosophy for some time previously had been preparing the ground for such a movement.
That is the affirmation of
Theosophy, that is its root-meaning and its essence. Theosophy is the essence of all doctrines, the inner truth of all religions. British Dictionary definitions for theosophy noun 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 ( ˌθɪəˈsɒfɪk), əl adjective theosophically, adverb theosophism, noun theosophist, noun Word Origin for theosophy
C17: from Medieval Latin
theosophia, from Late Greek; see theo-, -sophy
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Word Origin and History for theosophy n.
1640s (implied in
theosophical), "knowledge about God and nature obtained through mystical study," from Medieval Latin theosophia (c.880), from Late Greek theosophia (c.500, Pseudo-Dionysus) "wisdom concerning God or things divine," from Greek theosophos "one wise about God," from theos "god" (see Thea) + sophos "wise, learned" (see sophist). Taken as the name of a modern philosophical system (sometimes called Esoteric Buddhism), founded in New York 1875 as "Theosophical Society" by Madame Blavatsky and others, which combines teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism.
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