from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The doctrines of certain pre-Christian pagan, Jewish, and early Christian sects that valued the revealed knowledge of God and of the origin and end of the human race as a means to attain redemption for the spiritual element in humans and that distinguished the Demiurge from the unknowable Divine Being.
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- n. A wide variety of Jewish and early Christian sects having an interest in gnosis, or divine knowledge and generally holding the belief that there is a god greater than the Demiurge, or the creator of the world.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The system of philosophy taught by the Gnostics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The religious and metaphysical system of the Gnostics; belief in or tendency toward Gnostic doctrines.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a religious orientation advocating gnosis as the way to release a person's spiritual element; considered heresy by Christian churches
Gnostic + -ism (Wiktionary)