paideia

noun

pai·​deia
pīˈdāə
plural -s
1
: training of the physical and mental faculties in such a way as to produce a broad enlightened mature outlook harmoniously combined with maximum cultural development
the long and noble tradition of paideia, which made it impossible for a Greek or Roman to write a worthy book merely to record factsGilbert Highet
2
: the ideal development envisioned or attained by paideia

Word History

Etymology

German, from Greek, education, culture, from paideuein to educate (from paid-, pais child) + -ia -y

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“Paideia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paideia. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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