an·​thro·​pos·​o·​phy ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈpä-sə-fē How to pronounce anthroposophy (audio)
: a 20th century religious system growing out of theosophy and centering on human development
anthroposophist noun

Examples of anthroposophy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For much of her life, Ms. Lafrenz was a follower of the theories of anthroposophy developed by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. Alan Cowell, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2023 Both the company and the school were influenced by the spiritual science movement anthroposophy. New York Times, 20 Aug. 2022 In Europe the tenets of Buddhism, theosophy, and anthroposophy were in vogue, and many other artists of the period — including Kandinsky and Malevich — explored a spiritual basis for their art. Andrew Ferren, New York Times, 21 Oct. 2019 The center was based on anthroposophy, a philosophy developed by Rudolf Steiner that takes a holistic approach to mental health, education and agriculture. Andrew Brenner, New York Times, 21 May 2016

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Word History


borrowed from German Anthroposophie, from anthropo- anthropo- + -sophie -sophy

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anthroposophy was in 1916

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“Anthroposophy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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