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peripatetic

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noun peri·pa·tet·ic \ˌper-ə-pə-ˈte-tik\

Definition of peripatetic

  1. 1 capitalized :  a follower of Aristotle or adherent of Aristotelianism

  2. 2 :  pedestrian, itinerant

  3. 3 peripateticsplay \ˌper-ə-pə-ˈte-tiks\ plural :  movement or journeys hither and thither

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First Known Use of peripatetic

15th century


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peripatetic

adjective peri·pa·tet·ic

Definition of peripatetic

  1. 1 capitalized :  aristotelian

  2. 2a :  of, relating to, or given to walkingb :  moving or traveling from place to place :  itinerant

peripatetically

play \ˌper-ə-pə-ˈte-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Peripateticism

play \ˌper-ə-pə-ˈte-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun

Examples of peripatetic in a Sentence

  1. She worked as a peripatetic journalist for most of her life.

  2. He had a peripatetic career as a salesman.

Recent Examples of peripatetic from the Web

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Did You Know?

Are you someone who likes to think on your feet? If so, you've got something in common with the followers of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. Not only a thinker and teacher, Aristotle was also a walker, and his students were required to walk along beside him as he lectured while pacing to and fro. Thus it was that the Greek word peripatētikos (from peripatein, meaning "to walk up and down") came to be associated with Aristotle and his followers. By the way, the covered walk in the Lyceum where Aristotle taught was known as the "peripatos" (which can either refer to the act of walking or a place for walking).

Origin and Etymology of peripatetic

Middle French & Latin; Middle French peripatetique, from Latin peripateticus, from Greek peripatētikos, from peripatein to walk up and down, discourse while pacing (as did Aristotle), from peri- + patein to tread; akin to Sanskrit patha path — more at find


PERIPATETIC Defined for English Language Learners

peripatetic

adjective

Definition of peripatetic for English Language Learners

  • : going from place to place usually as part of your job



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