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nous

 (no͞os, nous)
n.
1. Philosophy
a. Reason and knowledge as opposed to sense perception.
b. The rational part of the individual human soul.
c. The principle of the cosmic mind or soul responsible for the rational order of the cosmos.
d. In Stoicism, the equivalent of Logos.
e. In Neoplatonism, the image of the absolute good, containing the cosmos of intelligible beings.
2. Chiefly British Good sense; shrewdness: "Hillela had the nous to take up with the General when he was on the up-and-up again" (Nadine Gordimer).

[Greek.]

nous

(naʊs)
n
1. (Philosophy) metaphysics mind or reason, esp when regarded as the principle governing all things
2. slang Brit common sense; intelligence
[C17: from Greek, literally: mind]

nous

(nus, naʊs)

n.
(in Greek philosophy) mind; intellect.
[1670–80; < Greek noûs, contracted variant of nóos mind]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nous - common sense; "she has great social nous"
common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, mother wit, sense - sound practical judgment; "Common sense is not so common"; "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples"; "fortunately she had the good sense to run away"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
2.nous - that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelingsnous - that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason; "his mind wandered"; "I couldn't get his words out of my head"
cognition, knowledge, noesis - the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
noddle - an informal British expression for head or mind; "use your noddle"
tabula rasa - a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke)
ego - (psychoanalysis) the conscious mind
unconscious, unconscious mind - that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware
subconscious, subconscious mind - psychic activity just below the level of awareness
Translations

nous

[naʊs] N (Brit) → cacumen m, chirumen m

nous

[ˈnaʊs] (British) n (= good sense) → bon sens m
to have political nous → être habile en politique
to have business nous → être habile en affaires
to have the nous to do sth → avoir l'intelligence de faire qchnouvelle cuisine [ˌnuːvɛlkwɪˈziːn] nnouvelle cuisine f

nous

n (Brit inf) → Grips m (inf)

nous

[naʊs] n (Brit) (fam) → buonsenso
to have the nous to do sth → avere il buonsenso di fare qc
References in classic literature ?
For this communication is an influx of the Divine mind into our mind.
40) It is a direct implication of an illuminationist epistemology--all our ideas are derived from their perfect exemplars in the divine mind, and as the divine expresses these exemplars in the locutio, it sheds an intellectual light in which those ideas are recognized for what they are.
If they only followed Science and Health and aligned themselves with the so-called Divine Mind, they would be impaired no longer, the thinking goes.
Rist, rather than concluding that Plato abandoned the notion of the Forms, sees this omission as an indication that Plato may have arrived at an identification of the Form of the Good and the Divine Mind.
Just as the human mind extends outside of itself when relying on the abilities of the calculator, so too might the divine mind extend "onto an external device (Jesus) to carry out (some of) its mental activities [.
Here, contributors examine Bruno's natural philosophy as an experience and vision of a new cosmic order, his works as literary text, his receptions and literary afterlife, his changing of default positions, his divine mind and mathematical structures, his Platonic and epicurean worlds, the concept of planetary systems in theinfinite universe, Bruno and the relativity of time, the new order of nature, Plato's and Bruno's comic philosophy, satire and the dialog form, the dialect of the absolute beginning, a Catholic reader of Bruno, the afterlife of Bruno in the twentieth century, and a speech on the unveiling of a monument in Berlin.
56) Wonder does not give way to an exhaustive grasp of the cause of cosmic order, because the human mind lacks the stability, simplicity, and perfection that would proportion it to the divine mind.
Leibniz's critique of a certain conception of God common to Newton and the Socinians signaled a challenge to the prevailing conceptions of divine mindedness, and as humans were, after all, conceived as made in God's likeness, changes in conceptions of the divine mind were going to be reflected in conceptions of the human.
Mary Baker Eddy (who founded Christian Science) saw God as the source of the true spiritual consciousness of everyone - divine Mind.
Hardesty believed using marijuana provided him a connection to the divine mind and spiritual enlightenment.
She is explaining the freedom found in the divine Mind that liberates humanity from sin, sickness and death, just as Christ Jesus did - and said his followers could do.
Medieval goddesses, Newman posits, perform four functions: they enable a "safe" form of theologizing, mediate different types of religious experience, enable the exploration of possible conflicts within the divine mind, and afford opportunities to address gender-related cultural issues (39).