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n. pl. the·os·o·phies
1. Religious philosophy or speculation about the nature of the soul based on mystical insight into the nature of God.
2. often Theosophy The system of beliefs and teachings of the Theosophical Society, founded in New York City in 1875, incorporating aspects of Buddhism and Brahmanism, especially the belief in reincarnation and spiritual evolution.

[Medieval Latin theosophia, from Late Greek theosophiā : Greek theo-, theo- + Greek sophiā, wisdom.]

the′o·soph′ic (-ə-sŏf′ĭk), the′o·soph′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
the′o·soph′i·cal·ly adv.
the·os′o·phist n.
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Noun1.theosophist - a believer in theosophy
worshipper, believer, worshiper - a person who has religious faith
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nTheosoph(in) m(f)
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The modern Theosophist holds, with the Buddhists, that we live an incalculable number of times on this earth, in as many several bodies, because one life is not long enough for our complete spiritual development; that is, a single lifetime does not suffice for us to become as wise and good as we choose to wish to become.
Just say the word,--teetotal, vegetarian, aeronaut, theosophist, superman.
Then there was a black-eyed restaurant waiter who was a theosophist, a union baker who was an agnostic, an old man who baffled all of them with the strange philosophy that WHAT IS IS RIGHT, and another old man who discoursed interminably about the cosmos and the father-atom and the mother-atom.
Wherefore he was held in high reverence, and when the two other gentlemen were hanged for lying the Theosophists elected him to the leadership of their Disastral Body, and after a quiet life and an honourable death by the kick of a jackass he was reincarnated as a Yellow Dog.
The theosophist imagination emphasized the intellectual fraternity of all civilizations and people.
Ouspensky, a Theosophist, believed that artists were uniquely capable of making the fourth dimension vivid for individuals who are otherwise locked in their three-dimensional perception of the world.
Moreover, MacKay avers that the women whose representational aesthetics she explores--a photographer, a writer, a theosophist, and an actress--worked from within the patriarchal cultural establishment; have never been assessed in this grouping; and have all been under-appreciated since their heyday (7-8, 2).
Walton's resolutely polite courtship of handsome matron Phileda McCannon, and a climactic seance performed by creepy Baroness Blinsky (a hilarious dead ringer for the notoriously balmy theosophist Helena Blavatsky) are prominent among the novel's numerous delights.
Many of the paintings of this period again recall Kent's friend, theosophist Lawren Harris.
The two pictures convinced theosophist Edward Gardner, and, as Conan Doyle and others became involved, the girls had little option but to stick to their story.
Benign letters came from those who said I ought to read the enclosed copy of "God's Black and White Salvation Diet" in which a German theosophist tells how the prophet Elisha had come to him in a vision in 1956 and revealed the secret of health lay in eating two bags of liquorice allsorts a day.
1501), and Jakob Boehme (1575-1624), the German theosophist whom Fox cited by name.