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Definitions of gnostic

  1. an advocate of gnosticism Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. possessing intellectual or esoteric knowledge of spiritual things Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Knowing; wise; shrewd. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Of or pertaining to Gnosticism or its adherents; as, the Gnostic heresy. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Of or pertaining to Gnosticism or its adherents; as, the heresy. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. One of a sect in the beginning of the Christian era who pretended that they alone had a true knowledge of religion. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Pertaining to the Gnostics or their doctrines: knowing; well-informed; skillful. Sir W. Scott. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Pertaining to the gnostics or to gnosticism. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. One belonging to a sect of the early Christian Church that affected gnosticism. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. Pert. to a gnostic. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. nos'tik, n. (theol.) one of a sect in the beginning of the Christian era which maintained that knowledge (gn[=o]sis) and not faith (pistis) was the way of salvation, allegorised away the great facts of Christ's person and work, and represented individual life as the result of a process of emanation from the original essence.--adj. having knowledge: knowing, cunning: pertaining to the Gnostics.--ns. GN[=O]'SIS, knowledge: mystical knowledge; GNOS'TICISM, the eclectic doctrines of the Gnostics. [Gr. gn[=o]stikos, good at knowing--gign[=o]skein, to know.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  13. Relating to knowledge, cognitive; having esoteric spiritual knowledge; of the Gnostics, occult, mystic; (n., usu. pl.; G) early Christian heretic (s) claiming GNOSIS, whence gnosticism (3) n., gnosticize (2, 3, 4) v.i. & t. [Greek] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  14. n. [Greek] One of a sect of so-called philosophers in the first ages of Christianity—their system was a combination of oriental theology and Greek philosophy with Christianity. Cabinet Dictionary

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