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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Definitions for metanoia

  1. a profound, usually spiritual, transformation; conversion.

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Citations for metanoia
"Turn," let us not forget, is the word Tolkien uses for the moment of change in fairy-stories, the moment of becoming. It is reversal, metanoia, felt before the mind can grasp it, before the apprehension of the happy ending and the consolation. Verlyn Flieger, Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World, 2002
It was the metanoia in which she had utterly renounced pictorial art, destroying every last canvas and paper that survived the fire, after having devoted a decade to what she'd believed was her destined career. Jonathan Bayliss, Gloucestertide, 1996
Origin of metanoia
1870-1875
Metanoia comes from the Greek metánoia meaning "change of mind, repentance." It entered English in the late 1500s.