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theosophy

Syllabification: the·os·o·phy
Pronunciation: /THēˈäsəfē
 
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Definition of theosophy in English:

noun

Any of a number of philosophies maintaining that a knowledge of God may be achieved through spiritual ecstasy, direct intuition, or special individual relations, especially the movement founded in 1875 as the Theosophical Society by Helena Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott (1832–1907).
Example sentences
  • In the early 1890s, she became a leading exponent of the religious movement of theosophy (emphasizing an individual spiritual awareness of God), and went to live in India.
  • She speaks admiringly of Madame Blavatsky, theosophy's founder, as well as England's leading theosophists Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater.
  • The period when he fancied that he was a medium didn't last more than two or three years, and he wasn't the only Prime Minister interested in spiritual matters or in theosophy or spiritualism.

Origin

mid 17th century: from medieval Latin theosophia, from late Greek, from theosophos 'wise concerning God', from theos 'god' + sophos 'wise'.

Derivatives

theosopher

1
noun
Example sentences
  • This discovery was greatly facilitated by the deep personal experience of these principles by theosopher Sidney Banks.
  • This indifference to outward forms or beliefs is in fact an important aspect of theosophy itself, for it is why the theosophers have never formed a sect or institution.
  • Our mystical theosophers have explained themselves with extreme clarity on this point, and in doing so show themselves to be in profound agreement with all visionaries of the New Temple.

theosophic

2
Pronunciation: /ˌTHēəˈsäfik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • According to his theosophic system, God, as Divine Man, is infinite love and infinite wisdom, from whom emanate the two worlds of nature and spirit, distinct but closely related.
  • It offers a kind of Middle European idea of Buddhism, or, anyhow, something too theosophic for me.
  • This is the only publication of Richard Roach's exceptional visionary theosophic work since the rare originals in the eighteenth century.

theosophical

3
Pronunciation: /ˌTHēəˈsäfikəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • As a member and later leader of the Theosophical Society, Besant helped to spread theosophical beliefs around the world, notably in India.
  • A theosophical discussion with a scientific basis is almost pointless and surely an exercise in futility.
  • Yes, it's true, and theosophical people are on the whole very interested in Jung.

theosophically

4
Pronunciation: /ˌTHēəˈsäfik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • So, theosophically speaking, how can we justify this?
  • Can somebody explain to me theosophically the meaning of this?
  • We have also started our own publishing company and the aim is to publish theosophical and theosophically related literature.

theosophist

5
noun
Example sentences
  • She speaks admiringly of Madame Blavatsky, theosophy's founder, as well as England's leading theosophists Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater.
  • The notion that we have seven bodies (one for each of the seven planes of reality) is a teaching of theosophist Madame Blavatsky.
  • To the amazement and disappointment of Annie Besant and some of the other theosophists, he gave up all the power and prestige that he had gained under their tutelage.

Words that rhyme with theosophy

gymnosophy, philosophy

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