Try Our Apps


Word of the Day
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Definitions for anoesis

  1. a state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content.

Learn something
new every day


Thank youfor signing up
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for anoesis
Normally, on my long-distance walks, anoesis descends within a few miles: the mental tape loop of infuriating resentments, or inane pop lyrics, or nonce phrases gives way to the greeny-beige noise of the outdoors. Will Self, Psychogeography, 2007
The text is pure anoesis, sensation without understanding, devoid of ethical or mythic comfort. Barcley Owens, Cormac McCarthy's Western Novels, 2000
Origin of anoesis
Anoesis is an uncommon noun, used mostly in psychology for a state of consciousness in which there is only sensation but no thought. The word is purely and obviously Greek: the first letter, a-, is called “alpha privative” (i.e., it expresses negation or deprivation) and is familiar in such words as atheist or agnostic. The alpha privative is related to Latin in-, as in insensible or indefensible, and to Germanic un-, as in English unhealthy or unusual. The main element is the Greek noun nóēsis “thought, intelligence” (and the opposite of aísthēsis “sense perception, sensation,” from which we have the word aesthetic). Nóēsis ultimately derives from the Greek noun nóos (noûs) “mind, wit.” Nous, rhyming with house, is a colloquialism in British English meaning “good sense, common sense, gumption.” Anoesis entered English in the early 20th century.