Definition of metanoia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɛtəˈnɔɪə/


[mass noun]
Change in one’s way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion: what he demanded of people was metanoia, repentance, a complete change of heart
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  • The biblical word for conversion, metanoia, means not just a shift in one's views or opinions but a fundamental change in direction.
  • It involves metanoia, which we translate as repentance - a complete change of direction.
  • One reads of ‘heterosexists’ but not ‘homosexists’; one reads of the ‘gospel’ and metanoia but never finds either word defined.


Late 19th century: from Greek, from metanoein 'change one's mind'.

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