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Gnosticism

[nos-tuh-siz-uh m] /ˈnɒs təˌsɪz əm/
noun, Roman Catholic Church
1.
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/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for Gnosticism
n.

1660s, from Gnostic + -ism.

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