Pyr·​rho·​nism ˈpir-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Pyrrhonism (audio)
: the doctrines of a school of ancient extreme skeptics who suspended judgment on every proposition compare academicism
: total or radical skepticism
Pyrrhonist noun

Word History


French pyrrhonisme, from Pyrrhon Pyrrho, 4th century b.c. Greek. philosopher, from Greek Pyrrhōn

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Pyrrhonism was in 1693

Dictionary Entries Near Pyrrhonism

Cite this Entry

“Pyrrhonism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on Pyrrhonism

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!