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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek Ἐννεάς (Enneás), itself a calque of Egyptian psḏt (nine, nineness, ennead), from psḏw (nine).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (Egyptian mythology) The collection of nine gods worshipped at Heliopolis and taking part in the Heliopolitan creation myth, together representing the sum of all the elements of the created world: Atum, Shu, Tefnut, Nut, Geb, Osiris, Isis, Set, and Nephthys.

Etymology 2[edit]

See ennead.


Ennead (plural Enneads)

  1. (philosophy) One of the six parts of the writings of the Greek-speaking philosopher Plotinus (c. 204–205 – 270), each containing nine treatises, compiled by his student Porphyry (c. 234 – c. 305).
    • 1662, Henry More, “An Appendix to the Defence of the Philosophick Cabbala”, in A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr Henry More, Fellow of Christ’s Colledge in Cambridge. [], 2nd edition, London: Printed by James Flesher, for William Morden [], OCLC 1001052319, chapter VIII, paragraph 3, page 137:
      Which Darkneſs is a fourth Property of the Moſaick Matter, and on which Plotinus inſiſts pretty copiouſly in this ſecond Ennead, and contends we can have no other notion of it, []
    • 1941 April, F[rederick] C[harles] Copleston, “The Architecture of the Intelligible Universe in the Philosophy of Plotinus. An Analytical and Historical Study. By A. H. Armstrong. Pp. xii + 126. (Cambridge University Press, 1940. 7s. 6d.) [book review]”, in Christopher Dawson, editor, The Dublin Review, volume 208, number 417, London: Burns Oates & Washbourne, OCLC 320505649, page 263:
      [W]e find side by side in the Enneads the positive and negative conceptions of the One.

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