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nous

[noos, nous] /nus, naʊs/
noun
1.
Greek Philosophy. mind or intellect.
2.
Neoplatonism. the first and purest emanation of the One, regarded as the self-contemplating order of the universe.
Origin of nous
1670-1680
1670-80; < Greek noûs, contracted variant of nóos mind
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nous

/naʊs/
noun
1.
(metaphysics) mind or reason, esp when regarded as the principle governing all things
2.
(Brit, slang) common sense; intelligence
Word Origin
C17: from Greek, literally: mind
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n.

slang for "intelligence, common sense," 1706, from Greek nous, Attic form of noos "mind, intellect," which was taken in English in philosophy 1670s.

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