eidos

noun ei·dos \ˈīˌdäs, ˈāˌ-\

Definition of eidos

plural

eide

\ˈīˌdē, ˈāˌdā\
  1. 1 :  something that is seen or intuited: a in Platonism :  idea b in Aristotelianism (1) :  form, essence (2) :  species c :  an appearance, conception, or form of intuition

  2. 2 :  the cognitive part of cultural structure made up of the criteria of credibility, the logic used in thinking and acting, and the basic ideas by which the members of a culture organize and interpret experience :  logical structure the eidos is visible wherever group behavior is characterized by intellectual efforts of a similar kind — S. F. Nadel —contrasted with ethos

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Origin and Etymology of eidos

Greek, literally, shape, form — more at idol


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