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Meaning of GNOSTIC

Pronunciation:  'nâstik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an advocate of gnosticism
  2. [adj]  possessing intellectual or esoteric knowledge of spiritual things
  3. [adj]  of or relating to Gnosticism; "Gnostic writings"

GNOSTIC is a 7 letter word that starts with G.


 Antonyms: agnostic, agnostical
 See Also: advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gnos"tic\, a.
    1. Knowing; wise; shrewd. [Old Slang]
             I said you were a gnostic fellow.     --Sir W.
    2. (Eccl. Hist.) Of or pertaining to Gnosticism or its
       adherents; as, the Gnostic heresy.
  2. \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.