Py·​thag·​o·​re·​an·​ism pə-ˌtha-gə-ˈrē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Pythagoreanism (audio)
: the doctrines and theories of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans who developed some basic principles of mathematics and astronomy, originated the doctrine of the harmony of the spheres, and believed in metempsychosis, the eternal recurrence of things, and the mystical significance of numbers

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circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Pythagoreanism was circa 1727

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“Pythagoreanism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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