Definition of Gnosticism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Gnosticism

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈnɒstɪsɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːstɪsɪzəm//
 
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a movement in the early Christian church, which was considered heretical (1) (= against the principles of the church), whose followers believed the physical world was evil and wished to live as far as possible in the spiritual world