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Intuitive apprehension of spiritual truths, an esoteric form of knowledge sought by the Gnostics.

[Greek gnōsis, knowledge, from gignōskein, gnō-, to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -ses (-siːz)
(Ecclesiastical Terms) supposedly revealed knowledge of various spiritual truths, esp that said to have been possessed by ancient Gnostics
[C18: ultimately from Greek: knowledge, from gignōskein to know]
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(ˈnoʊ sɪs)

knowledge of spiritual matters; mystical knowledge.
[1695–1705; < New Latin < Greek gnṓsis inquiry, knowledge]
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a superior form of wisdom, as that of the Gnostics, supposed to have been acquired mystically. See also mysticism.
See also: Wisdom
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Noun1.gnosis - intuitive knowledge of spiritual truths; said to have been possessed by ancient Gnostics
intuition - instinctive knowing (without the use of rational processes)
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