Reason for Adventure
Used in Kraken by China Miéville which made me remember what a great word it is!
A combining form meaning “knowledge,” used in the formation of compound words: prognosis.
< Latin -gnōsis < Greek; see gnosis
gnosis. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved September 23, 2013, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gnosis
Online Etymology Dictionary Information
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.
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