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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gnostic  \Gnos"tic\,  a. 
  1.  Knowing;  wise;  shrewd.  [Old  Slang] 
 
  I  said  you  were  a  gnostic  fellow.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  2.  (Eccl.  Hist.)  Of  or  pertaining  to  Gnosticism  or  its 
  adherents;  as  the  Gnostic  heresy. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gnostic  \Gnos"tic\,  n.  [L.  gnosticus,  Gr  ?  good  at  knowing, 
  sagacious;  as  a  n.,  man  that  claims  to  have  a  deeper  wisdom, 
  fr  gignw`skein  to  know:  cf  F.  gnostique  See  {Know}.] 
  (Eccl.  Hist.) 
  One  of  the  so-called  philosophers  in  the  first  ages  of 
  Christianity,  who  claimed  a  true  philosophical  interpretation 
  of  the  Christian  religion.  Their  system  combined  Oriental 
  theology  and  Greek  philosophy  with  the  doctrines  of 
  Christianity.  They  held  that  all  natures,  intelligible, 
  intellectual,  and  material,  are  derived  from  the  Deity  by 
  successive  emanations,  which  they  called  Eons. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Gnostic 
  adj  1:  of  or  relating  to  Gnosticism;  "Gnostic  writings"  [syn:  {Gnostic}] 
  2:  possessing  intellectual  or  esoteric  knowledge  of  spiritual 
  things  [ant:  {agnostic}] 
  n  :  an  advocate  of  gnosticism 




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