meta·​phys·​ic | \ˌme-tə-ˈfi-zik \

Definition of metaphysic 

1a : metaphysics

b : a particular system of metaphysics

2 : the system of principles underlying a particular study or subject : philosophy sense 3b

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Or it has been cast as a tragedy, in which the sudden death of his beloved wife, Anna, triggered in him a lifelong hatred of metaphysics and the wish to create his own ersatz-religion. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel’ Review: The Zoologist as Artist," 13 Apr. 2018 Though physics, philosophy and metaphysics have all grappled with the concept of time, we are still confounded by it. Priyamvada Natarajan, WSJ, "‘The Order of Time’ Review: Stop All the Clocks," 1 June 2018 Last year's The Rise and Fall of the D.O.D.O., co-written with Nicole Gilland, told the tale of a surreal above-top-secret DARPA-like organization dabbling in metaphysics and magic. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "How Neal Stephenson Got Book Ideas by Moonlighting at Blue Origin," 19 June 2018 People looking to learn more about natural health, personal growth and metaphysics can do so at Body Mind Spirit Expo in Tinley Park. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Body Mind Spirit Expo in Tinley Park all about healing, empowering," 18 May 2018 Strike out on your own in this 7 year cycle, explore technology, metaphysics, a dream job, and consider that your work can be divinely inspired. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Cosmic Look at Your Next 7 Years," 17 May 2018 The book is a romance, a thriller and a meditation on geopolitical conundrums, ideology, science and metaphysics. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Submergence,’ a Love Story Sunk by Geopolitics," 12 Apr. 2018 Ibn Khaldun only criticized Aristotle’s metaphysics, not the entirety of his enormous corpus. WSJ, "Off the Mark on Polymath Ibn Khaldun’s Writings," 30 Mar. 2018 The university recently announced that Anjan Chakravartty, a professor of metaphysics and the philosophy of science at the University of Notre Dame, will hold the chair. Isabel Fattal, The Atlantic, "How Should Atheism Be Taught?," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of metaphysic

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for metaphysic

Middle English metaphesyk, from Medieval Latin metaphysica

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