Meaning of Gnosticism

Gnos•ti•cism

Pronunciation: (nos'tu-siz"um), [key]
— n. Rom. Cath. Ch.
  1. a group of ancient heresies, stressing escape from this world through the acquisition of esoteric knowledge.
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