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[nos-tuh-siz-uh m] /ˈnɒs təˌsɪz əm/

noun, Roman Catholic Church.
a group of ancient heresies, stressing escape from this world through the acquisition of esoteric knowledge.
a religious movement characterized by a belief in gnosis, through which the spiritual element in man could be released from its bondage in matter: regarded as a heresy by the Christian Church

1660s, from Gnostic + -ism.


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