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1. gnostic Of, relating to, or possessing intellectual or spiritual knowledge.
2. Of or relating to Gnosticism.
A believer in Gnosticism.

[Late Latin Gnōsticus, a Gnostic, from Late Greek Gnōstikos, from Greek gnōstikos, concerning knowledge, from gnōsis, knowledge; see gnosis.]


(ˈnɒstɪk) or


(Philosophy) of, relating to, or possessing knowledge, esp esoteric spiritual knowledge
ˈgnostically adv


(Other Non-Christian Religions) an adherent of Gnosticism
(Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to Gnostics or to Gnosticism
[C16: from Late Latin Gnosticī the Gnostics, from Greek gnōstikos relating to knowledge, from gnōstos known, from gignōskein to know]


(ˈnɒs tɪk)

adj. Also, gnos′ti•cal.
1. pertaining to knowledge.
2. possessing knowledge, esp. esoteric knowledge of spiritual matters.
3. (cap.) pertaining to or characteristic of the Gnostics.
4. (cap.) a member of any of certain heretical early Christian mystical sects that claimed that matter was evil and denied that Christ had a natural corporeal existence.
[1555–65; < Late Latin Gnōsticī (pl.) < Greek gnōstikós (singular) pertaining to knowledge =gnōst(ós), v. adj. of gignṓskein to know + -ikos -ic]
gnos′ti•cal•ly, adv.
Gnos′ti•cism (-təˌsɪz əm) n.


- Means "relating to knowledge" or "clever, knowing."
See also related terms for knowing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Gnostic - an advocate of Gnosticism
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
Adj.1.Gnostic - of or relating to Gnosticism; "Gnostic writings"
2.gnostic - possessing intellectual or esoteric knowledge of spiritual things
agnostical, agnostic - uncertain of all claims to knowledge


A. ADJgnóstico
B. Ngnóstico/a m/f
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