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Gnostic definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

GNOS'TIC, n. nostic. [L. gnosticus; Gr. to know.]
The Gnostics were a sect of philosophers that arose in the first ages of christianity, who pretended they were the only men who had a true knowledge of the christian religion. They formed for themselves a system of theology, agreeable to the philosophy of Pythagoras and Plato, to which they accommodated their interpretations of scripture. They held that all natures, intelligible, intellectual and material, are derived by successive emanations from the infinite fountain of deity. These emanations they called oeons. These doctrines were derived from the oriental philosophy.
GNOS'TIC, a. nostic. Pertaining to the Gnostics or their doctrines.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: of or relating to Gnosticism; "Gnostic writings"
2: possessing intellectual or esoteric knowledge of spiritual things [ant: agnostic, agnostical] n
1: an advocate of Gnosticism

Merriam Webster's

noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Late Latin gnosticus, from Greek gn?stikos of knowledge, from gign?skein Date: circa 1587 an adherent of gnosticism gnostic adjective, often capitalized

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. 1 relating to knowledge, esp. esoteric mystical knowledge. 2 (Gnostic) concerning the Gnostics; occult; mystic. --n. (Gnostic) (usu. in pl.) a Christian heretic of the 1st-3rd c. claiming gnosis. Derivatives: Gnosticism n. gnosticize v.tr. & intr. Etymology: eccl.L gnosticus f. Gk gnostikos (as GNOSIS)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Gnostic Gnos"tic, a. 1. Knowing; wise; shrewd. [Old Slang] I said you were a gnostic fellow. --Sir W. Scott. 2. (Eccl. Hist.) Of or pertaining to Gnosticism or its adherents; as, the Gnostic heresy.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Gnostic Gnos"tic, n. [L. gnosticus, Gr. ? good at knowing, sagacious; as a n., man that claims to have a deeper wisdom, fr. gignw`skein to know: cf. F. gnostique. See Know.] (Eccl. Hist.) One of the so-called philosophers in the first ages of Christianity, who claimed a true philosophical interpretation of the Christian religion. Their system combined Oriental theology and Greek philosophy with the doctrines of Christianity. They held that all natures, intelligible, intellectual, and material, are derived from the Deity by successive emanations, which they called Eons.




 


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