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gno•sis  (nōsis),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. knowledge of spiritual matters;
    mystical knowledge.
  • Greek gnó̄sis a seeking to know, equivalent. to gnō-, base of gignó̄skein know + -sis -sis
  • Neo-Latin
  • 1695–1705

  • a combining form meaning "knowledge,'' used in the formation of compound words:prognosis.
    • Greek; see gnosis
    • Latin -gnōsis

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    gnosis /ˈnəʊsɪs/ n ( pl -ses / -siːz/)
    1. supposedly revealed knowledge of various spiritual truths, esp that said to have been possessed by ancient Gnostics
    Etymology: 18th Century: ultimately from Greek: knowledge, from gignōskein to know

    -gnosis n combining form
    1. (esp in medicine) recognition or knowledge
    Etymology: via Latin from Greek: gnosis

    -gnostic adj combining form

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