knowledge of spiritual matters; mystical knowledge.

1695–1705; < Neo-Latin < Greek gnṓsis a seeking to know, equivalent to gnō-, base of gignṓskein know + -sis -sis Unabridged


a combining form meaning “knowledge,” used in the formation of compound words: prognosis.

< Latin -gnōsis < Greek; see gnosis Unabridged
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gnosis (ˈnəʊsɪs)
n , pl -ses
supposedly revealed knowledge of various spiritual truths, esp that said to have been possessed by ancient Gnostics
[C18: ultimately from Greek: knowledge, from gignōskein to know]

n combining form
(esp in medicine) recognition or knowledge: prognosis; diagnosis
[via Latin from Greek: gnosis]
adj combining form

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