pataphysics

noun plural but singular in construction
pata·​physics | \ ¦patə+ \

Definition of pataphysics

: intricate and whimsical nonsense intended as a parody of science

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Other Words from pataphysics

pataphysical \ "+ \ adjective
pataphysician \ "+ \ noun

First Known Use of pataphysics

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pataphysics

French pataphysique, alteration of métaphysique metaphysics

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“Pataphysics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pataphysics. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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