Definition of gnosis in US English:



  • Knowledge of spiritual mysteries.

    • ‘A profession is a calling to praxis, not to gnosis.’
    • ‘Yet it is Dharma by which the seeker of truth can evolve to gnosis.’
    • ‘That's what I base certainty on - gnosis, I suppose - knowing through experience.’
    • ‘The wisdom embodied in a Christian practice is not gnosis, available only to enlightened ones who decode hidden mysteries.’
    • ‘It matters little whether a person is able to list herself as a believer or unbeliever, an atheist or a theist, a being of gnosis or of a-gnosis.’
    • ‘For me, the big issue (and it's been touched upon already) is simple - is your knowledge getting in the way of your gnosis?’
    • ‘Gnosticism is the false gnosis that Paul and John both addressed in their letters to the early churches.’
    • ‘The Magick is more about direct experience and gnosis and the theories that arise from those experiences.’
    • ‘Gnosis changes you - that's what makes it gnosis.’
    • ‘I think it induces a state of gnosis in me, probably through some sort of synaesthesic experience.’
    • ‘But atheism - flatly stating ‘There is no God,’ full stop, no room for a shadow or a shade of a doubt, makes a claim for absolute knowledge - gnosis.’
    • ‘While we see gnosis and fulfilment of will, they see the blessings of God.’
    • ‘This I have hoped would boost their strength and I have even gone to the length of stipulating that they should have the ability to absorb free floating gnosis to boost their own powers’
    • ‘This is the saving gnosis which the Gnostics sought.’
    • ‘Situated in the transcendent state of absolute gnosis, Mangatramji expressed esoteric wisdom in terms of which freedom from human limitation is experienced at the deepest level of being.’
    • ‘The celibate may choose to use prayer for the release of energy during gnosis and the sex magician uses the act of intercourse as a conduit.’
    • ‘Submitting to the Lord's will, the mortal is blessed with all virtues and gnosis and he obtains honor in the Lord's court.’
    • ‘This is a gross oversimplification, I think, but it lays the groundwork for potential gnosis through these horror-inspired ascending spirals of identity and awareness.’
    • ‘The only salvation is knowledge, gnosis (inner, divine illumination).’
    • ‘His theological opponents, the Encratites and advocates of some radical forms of gnosis, taught that a celibate ascetic lifestyle was mandatory for Christians.’


Late 16th century: from Greek gnōsis ‘knowledge’ (related to gignōskein ‘know’).