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theosophy

[thee-os-uh-fee]
noun
1.
any of various forms of philosophical or religious thought based on a mystical insight into the divine nature.
2.
(often initial capital letters) the system of belief and practice of the Theosophical Society.

Origin:
1640–50; < Medieval Latin theosophia < Late Greek theosophía. See theo-, -sophy

theosophical [thee-uh-sof-i-kuhl] , theosophic, adjective
theosophically, adverb
theosophism, noun
theosophist, noun
nontheosophic, adjective
nontheosophical, adjective
nontheosophically, adverb
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theosophy (θɪˈɒsəfɪ)
 
n
1.  any of various religious or philosophical systems claiming to be based on or to express an intuitive insight into the divine nature
2.  the system of beliefs of the Theosophical Society founded in 1875, claiming to be derived from the sacred writings of Brahmanism and Buddhism, but denying the existence of any personal God
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin theosophia, from Late Greek; see theo-, -sophy]
 
theosophical
 
adj
 
theo'sophically
 
adv
 
the'osophism
 
n
 
the'osophist
 
n

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theosophy
1642 (implied in theosophical), "knowledge about God and nature obtained through mystical study," from M.L. theosophia (c.880), from Late Gk. theosophia (c.500, Pseudo-Dionysus) "wisdom concerning God or things divine," from Gk. theosophos "one wise about God," from theos "god" (see
Thea) + sophos "wise, learned." Taken as the name of a modern philosophical system (sometimes called Esoteric Buddhism), founded in New York 1875 as "Theosophical Society" by Madame Blavatsky and others, which combines teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism.
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