Gnosticism

Gnosticism

[nos-tuh-siz-uhm]
noun Roman Catholic Church.
a group of ancient heresies, stressing escape from this world through the acquisition of esoteric knowledge.

Origin:
Gnostic + -ism

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Gnosticism (ˈnɒstɪˌsɪzəm)
 
n
a religious movement characterized by a belief in gnosis, through which the spiritual element in man could be released from its bondage in matter: regarded as a heresy by the Christian Church

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