GNOSTICS, N. A Sect Of Philosophers Who Tried To Engineer A Fusion Between The Early Christians And The Platonists.

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GNOSTICS, n. A sect of philosophers who tried to engineer a fusion
between the early Christians and the Platonists. The former would not
go into the caucus and the combination failed, greatly to the chagrin
of the fusion managers.
-- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"