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The spread and influence of the Gnostic sects was notoriously wide.

Omnia subito is not its device, but that of the Gnostic heresy.

He who is conversant with all kinds of wisdom will be pre-eminently a Gnostic.

Similarly the g in gnostic, the e in eulogy, p in pneumonia, the h in chromatic.

M. Papus speaks of him as the founder and patriarch of the Gnostic Church.

The remainder (of Gnostic philosophy) may well be contrasted with ours.

In short, according to Reitzenstein, Paul was a true "gnostic."

The letter is filled with all the venom and bitterness of the Gnostic quarrels.

And here the Gnostic interest was at hand with an opportune idea.

The letters relate to the condemnation of certain Gnostic views.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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