academicism

noun
ac·​a·​dem·​i·​cism | \ ˌa-kə-ˈde-mə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce academicism (audio) \
variants: or less commonly academism \ ə-​ˈka-​də-​ˌmi-​zəm How to pronounce academicism (audio) \

Definition of academicism

1 : the doctrines of Plato's Academy specifically : the skeptical doctrines of the later Academy holding that nothing can be known — compare pyrrhonism
2 : a formal academic quality (as in art or music)
3 : purely speculative thoughts and attitudes

Examples of academicism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But three paintings from after 1900 stand out for their size and ambition, if also their increasing academicism. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "When He Was Good, He Was Breathtaking," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of academicism

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for academicism

academic entry 1 or academy + -ism

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“Academicism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/academicism. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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