metanoia

metanoia

[met-uh-noi-uh]
noun
a profound, usually spiritual, transformation; conversion.

Origin:
1870–75; < Greek metánoia change of mind, repentance; see meta-, -noia

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Main Entry:  metanoia
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  spiritual conversion or awakening; fundamental change of character
Etymology:  Greek 'change one's mind, repent'
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metanoia
1873, "penitence, spiritual conversion," from Gk. metanoia "afterthought, repentance," from metanoein "to change one's mind or purpose."
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