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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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1. (Theology) any of various religious or philosophical systems claiming to be based on or to express an intuitive insight into the divine nature
2. (Theology) 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, theosophic adj
ˌtheoˈsophically adv
theˈosophism n
theˈosophist, theˈosopher, theosoph n
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(θiˈɒs ə fi)

1. any of various forms of philosophical or religious thought based on a mystical insight into the divine nature.
2. (often caps.) the system of belief and practice of the Theosophical Society.
[1640–50; < Medieval Latin theosophia < Late Greek theosophía. See theo-, -sophy]
the`o•soph′i•cal (-əˈsɒf ɪ kəl) the`o•soph′ic, adj.
the`o•soph′i•cal•ly, adv.
the•os′o•phist, n.
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theosophy, theosophism

1. any of various forms of philosophical or religious thought claiming a mystical insight into the divine nature and natural phenomena.
2. (cap.) the system of belief and practice of the Theosophical Society. — theosophist, n. — theosophical, adj.
See also: Mysticism
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Noun1.theosophy - a system of belief based on mystical insight into the nature of God and the soul
system of rules, system - a complex of methods or rules governing behavior; "they have to operate under a system they oppose"; "that language has a complex system for indicating gender"
Qabbala, Qabbalah, Cabala, Cabbala, Cabbalah, Kabala, Kabbala, Kabbalah - an esoteric theosophy of rabbinical origin based on the Hebrew scriptures and developed between the 7th and 18th centuries
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[θɪˈɒsəfɪ] Nteosofía f
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nTheosophie f
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