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[noh-sis] /ˈnoʊ sɪs/

knowledge of spiritual matters; mystical knowledge.
a combining form meaning “knowledge,” used in the formation of compound words:
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
supposedly revealed knowledge of various spiritual truths, esp that said to have been possessed by ancient Gnostics
combining form
(esp in medicine) recognition or knowledge: prognosis, diagnosis

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


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