Adventures in Etymology: Gnosis

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Gnosis

Arcane Knowledge by ~rustymermaid (DeviantART) used with artist's permission

Arcane Knowledge by ~rustymermaid (DeviantART) used with artist’s permission

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Used in Kraken by China Miéville which made me remember what a great word it is!

Dictionary.com Definitions/Origins

1.

Pronunciation:
noh-sis
Form:
noun
Definition:
Knowledge of spiritual matters; mystical knowledge.
Origin:
1695–1705;  < Neo-Latin  < Greek gnṓsis  a seeking to know, equivalent to gnō-,  base of gignṓskein know + -sis -sis

2.

-gnosis

Definition:
A combining form meaning “knowledge,” used in the formation of compound words: prognosis.
Origin:
< Latin -gnōsis  < Greek;  see gnosis

 

Source:

gnosis. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved September 23, 2013, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gnosis

Online Etymology Dictionary Information

gnosis (n.)
“special knowledge of spiritual mysteries,” 1703, from Greek gnosis “investigation, knowledge,” in Christian writers, “higher knowledge of spiritual things” (see gnostic (adj.)).

Gnostic (n.)
1580s, “believer in a mystical religious doctrine of spiritual knowledge,” from Late Latin Gnosticus, from Late Greek Gnostikos, noun use of adj. gnostikos “knowing, able to discern,” from gnostos “knowable,” from gignoskein “to learn, to come to know” (see know). Applied to various early Christian sects that claimed direct personal knowledge beyond the Gospel or the Church hierarchy.

gnostic (adj.)
“relating to knowledge,” 1650s, from Greek gnostikos “knowing, able to discern,” from gnostos “known, perceived, understood,” from gignoskein “to learn, to come to know” (see know).

Sources:

Harper, D. (2012). Online etymology dictionary. Retrieved September 23, 2013, from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=gnosis&allowed_in_frame=0

Harper, D. (2012). Online etymology dictionary. Retrieved September 23, 2013, from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=gnostic&allowed_in_frame=0
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