noun Etymology: Medieval Latin theosophia, from Late Greek, from Greek the- + sophia wisdom — more at -sophy Date: 1650 1. teaching about God and the world based on mystical insight 2. often capitalized the teachings of a modern movement originating in the United States in 1875 and following chiefly Buddhist and Brahmanic theories especially of pantheistic evolution and reincarnation • theosophical adjectivetheosophically adverb

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  • Theosophy — • A term used in general to designate the knowledge of God supposed to be obtained by the direct intuition of the Divine essence Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Theosophy     Theosophy …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Theosophy — The*os o*phy, n. [Gr. ? knowledge of things divine, fr. ? wise in the things of God; ? God + ? wise: cf. F. th[ e]osophie.] Any system of philosophy or mysticism which proposes to attain intercourse with God and superior spirits, and consequent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • theosophy — (n.) 1640s (implied in theosophical), knowledge about God and nature obtained through mystical study, from M.L. theosophia (c.880), from Late Gk. theosophia (c.500, Pseudo Dionysus) wisdom concerning God or things divine, from Gk. theosophos one… …   Etymology dictionary

  • theosophy — ► NOUN ▪ a philosophy maintaining that a knowledge of God may be achieved through spiritual ecstasy, direct intuition, or special individual relations. DERIVATIVES theosophical adjective theosophist noun. ORIGIN from Greek theosophos wise… …   English terms dictionary

  • theosophy — [thē äs′ə fē] n. [ML theosophia < LGr, knowledge of divine things < theosophos, wise in divine matters < Gr theos, god + sophos, wise: see THEO & SOPHY] [also T ] a religious or semireligious set of occult beliefs rejecting Judeo… …   English World dictionary

  • Theosophy — This article is about the philosophy introduced by Helena Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society. See Theosophy (history of philosophy) for other uses. The emblem of the Theosophical Society Theosophy, in its modern presentation, is a spiritual… …   Wikipedia

  • theosophy — theosophical /thee euh sof i keuhl/, theosophic, adj. theosophically, adv. theosophism, n. theosophist, n. /thee os euh fee/, n. 1. any of various forms of philosophical or religious thought based on a mystical insight into the divine nature …   Universalium

  • THEOSOPHY —    (lit. divine wisdom), a mystic philosophy of very difficult definition which hails from the East, and was introduced among us by Madame Blavatsky, a Russian lady, who was initiated into its mysteries in Thibet by a fraternity there who… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • THEOSOPHY —    a MYSTICAL TRADITION propagated by the THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY. Theosophy is a FORM of MONISM which teaches spiritual EVOLUTION and seeks REALITY through mystical experience based on finding ESOTERIC MEANINGS in the SACRED writings of the world …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • theosophy — noun any doctrine of religious philosophy and mysticism claiming that knowledge of God can be attained through mystical insight and spiritual ecstasy, and that direct communication with the transcendent world is possible …   Wiktionary

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