peripatetic


1peri·pa·tet·ic

noun \ˌper-ə-pə-ˈte-tik\

Definition of PERIPATETIC

1
capitalized :  a follower of Aristotle or adherent of Aristotelianism
3
plural :  movement or journeys hither and thither

First Known Use of PERIPATETIC

15th century

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

2peripatetic

adjective

: going from place to place usually as part of your job

Full Definition of PERIPATETIC

1
capitalized :  aristotelian
2
a :  of, relating to, or given to walking
b :  moving or traveling from place to place :  itinerant
peri·pa·tet·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Peri·pa·tet·i·cism \-ˈte-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun

Examples of PERIPATETIC

  1. She worked as a peripatetic journalist for most of her life.
  2. He had a peripatetic career as a salesman.

Origin of PERIPATETIC

Middle French & Latin; Middle French peripatetique, from Latin peripateticus, from Greek peripatētikos, from peripatein to walk up and down, discourse while pacing (as did Aristotle), from peri- + patein to tread; akin to Sanskrit patha path — more at find
First Known Use: 1566

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

Rhymes with PERIPATETIC

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