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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1768, "penitence, spiritual conversion," from Greek metanoia "afterthought, repentance," from metanoein "to change one's mind or purpose," from meta- (see meta) + noein "to have mental perception," from noos "mind, thought."


n. 1 A fundamental (l en change) of (l en mind). 2 spiritual (l en conversion).

Metanoia (rhetoric)

Metanoia (from the Greek , metanoia, changing one's mind) in the context of rhetoric is a device used to retract a statement just made, and then state it in a better way. As such, metanoia is similar to correction. Metanoia is used in recalling a statement in two ways—-to weaken the prior declaration or to strengthen it.

Metanoia is later personified as a figure accompanying kairos, sometimes as a hag and sometimes as a young lady. Ausonius' epigrams describe her thus: "I am a goddess to whom even Cicero himself did not give a name. I am the goddess who exacts punishment for what has and has not been done, so that people regret it. Hence my name is Metanoea."

Metanoia (Porcupine Tree album)

Metanoia is a compilation album by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, first released on 10" double- vinyl in December, 1998, in a limited run of 1000 copies. It is mostly made up of improvisations recorded during the Signify sessions, some of which were later shaped into songs. To help deter secondary- and black-market sales, the album was released on CD in December 2001 and re-issued again in 2006; it includes extra, previously released tracks from singles that were sequenced where they were extracted from the longform jams. "Metanoia I" became the basis for tour-only piece "Cryogenics," originally intended for Coma Divine but left out during mixing.

In a critical review on, the album has been described as "in every way the antithesis of “Stupid Dream”, and simultaneously every bit as brilliant". A special recognition is given to Chris Maitland and Colin Edwin who show " a masterful display of finesse and energy". The album review is finalized with the highest recommendation to listeners.

The original version of the CD has since been out-of-print. Copies of the original are considered to be quite rare and often go for a high price on online auctioning websites.

Inner and outer cover shows paintings made by Frans Janssen. Design was done by Carl Glover. All tracks were composed by Porcupine Tree.


Metanoia, an Ancient Greek word (μετάνοια) meaning "changing one's mind", may refer to:

  • Metanoia (psychology), the process of experiencing a psychotic "breakdown" and subsequent, positive psychological re-building or "healing"
  • Metanoia (rhetoric), correction, a rhetorical device
  • Metanoia (theology), repentance
  • Metanoia, a direct climbing route opened in 1991 by Jeff Lowe on the Eiger's north face
Metanoia (Yōsei Teikoku album)

metanoia is Yōsei Teikoku's second major debut album, released on November 7, 2007. It peaked at #49 on the Oricon album ranking charts. It features all new material.

Metanoia (song)

"Metanoia" is the special limited edition single release that was originally a b-side on MGMT's debut CD single " Time to Pretend". It was released August 18, 2008, available in 10" etched vinyl.

"Metanoia" was named "Song of the Day" on September 16, 2008 by Rolling Stone, describing it as a "14-minute opus, which ranges from Donovan-ish acid ballads to interstellar synth-powered dirges to falsetto-laden theater rock."

Metanoia (theology)

Metanoia, a transliteration of the Greek μετάνοια, is usually translated as repentance, for example in The King James Version of the Bible, and the verbal cognate metanoeo/μετανοέω is translated to repent. Translating metanoia as repentance has been deemed "an utter mistranslation."

Metanoia (IAMX album)

Metanoia is the sixth studio album by IAMX, released on 2 October 2015. On 11 June 2015, the album title was officially announced on IAMX's PledgeMusic page.

The first single from this album, titled "Happiness", was released digitally on 19 June 2015. The second single, titled "Oh Cruel Darkness Embrace Me", was released on 25 September 2015.

"Happiness" was featured on season 2 episode 1 of How to Get Away with Murder, as well as "Insomnia" in episode 14 of the same season.

Metanoia (band)

Metanoia is a Chilean Christian hardcore band, and they primarily play hardcore punk, punk rock, and skate punk. They come from Temuco, Chile. The band started making music in 2012, and their members are lead vocalist and bassist, Benjamin Lopez, lead guitarist and background vocalist , Diego Rivera, and rhythm guitarist, Claudio Bolivar, and drummer, Cristobal Lopez. The band released, Promise of Restoration, an independently-made extended play, in 2012. Their first studio album, Retroceder Nunca, was released in 2012 by Thumper Punk Records.

Metanoia (For All Eternity album)

Metanoia is the second studio album by For All Eternity. Facedown Records released the album on 10 July 2015.

Metanoia (metal band)

Metanoia was a Christian metal band that originated from Townsville, Queensland, Australia. The band formed in 1990 but disbanded in 1999-2000. The band started as a vision of Guitarist Steve Bennet's.

Usage examples of "metanoia".

Yet if you step outside the walls of theology, metanoia is very close to what we’ve been calling transformation.