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ˈnoʊ sɪsgno·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gnosisnoun

    intuitive knowledge of spiritual truths; said to have been possessed by ancient Gnostics


  1. gnosisnoun

    An immanent form of knowledge or transcendent insight, such as sought by the Gnostics.

  2. gnosisnoun

    Act or process of knowing.

  3. gnosisnoun

    An altered state of awareness in which the will is magically effective.


  1. Gnosis

    Gnosis is the common Greek noun for knowledge (γνῶσις, gnōsis, f.). The term was used among various Hellenistic religions and philosophies in the Greco-Roman world. It is best known for its implication within Gnosticism, where it signifies a spiritual knowledge or insight into humanity's real nature as divine, leading to the deliverance of the divine spark within humanity from the constraints of earthly existence.


  1. gnosis

    Gnosis is a Greek term often used in Eastern Orthodox, esoteric, and mystical religious or philosophical contexts to signify a spiritual knowledge or insight that is obtained through personal experience or intuition, as opposed to knowledge derived from rational thought or logical deduction. It often refers to the knowledge or awareness of spiritual truths or divine realities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gnosisnoun

    the deeper wisdom; knowledge of spiritual truth, such as was claimed by the Gnostics

  2. Etymology: [NL., fr. Gr. gnw^sis.]


  1. Gnosis

    Gnosis is the common Greek noun for knowledge. In the context of the English language gnosis generally refers to the word's meaning within the spheres of Christian mysticism, Mystery religions and Gnosticism where it signifies a 'spiritual knowledge' or religion of knowledge, in the sense of mystical enlightenment or 'insight'. Gnosis taught a deliverance of man from the constraints of earthly existence through 'insight' into an essential relationship, as soul or spirit, with a supramundane place of freedom.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gnosis in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gnosis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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