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Definitions Regarding Gnosticism mystic, mystical: adj. 1. mysterious or occult. 2. spiritual. n. 3. believer in mysticism. mysticism: n. Belief in direct spiritual intuition (or instinctive knowledge) of god, truth, etc. Occult: adj. 1. outside ordinary knowledge. n. 2. occult study. theosophy: n. any of various forms of thought in which a claim is made to a special insight into the divine nature or to a special divine revelation. philosophy: n. 1. study of the truths underlying being and knowledge. 2. system of philosophical belief. 3. principles of a particular field of knowledge. 4. calmness. adj. philosophic, philosophical. v. philosophize. gnosis n. Intuitive apprehension of spiritual truths, an esoteric form of knowledge sought by the Gnostics. Gk. gnosis, knowledge gignoskein, to know. gnostic adj. 1. Of, relating to, or possessing intellectual or spiritual knowledge. 2. Gnostic. Of or pertaining to Gnosticism. n. Gnostic. A believer in Gnosticism. Lat. Gnosticus, a Gnostic Gk. Gnostikos gignoskein, to know. Gnosticism n. The doctrines of certain early Christian sects that valued inquiry into spiritual truth above faith, considered salvation attainable only by the few whose faith enabled them to transcend matter, and viewed Christ as noncorporeal. ascetic: n. 1. one who lives abstemiously. adj. 2. abstemious (moderate in eating, drinking, etc.). asceticism, n. epicure: n. connoisseur of food and drink. epicurian, adj., n. esoteric: adj. intended for a select few. emanate: intr. & tr.v. To come or send forth, as from a source. Lat. emanare, emanat-, flow out: ex-, out manare, to flow. emanative adj. emanation: n. 1. An act or instance of emanating. 2. a. Something that emanates or issues from a source; effluence. b. Chem. A gaseous product of radioactive disintegration.
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