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First Known Use of peripatetic
Examples of peripatetic in a Sentence
She worked as a peripatetic journalist for most of her life.
He had a peripatetic career as a salesman.
Recent Examples of peripatetic from the Web
The honor of writing the epilogue went to Dr. Church himself, whose peripatetic prose is challenging, to put it mildly.
Facing setbacks if not the outright loss of their majority in the House and with a president peripatetic, GOPers are treating this Congress as strictly a smash-and-grab situation.
Tarr started living on the boat after burning out at a previous job and discovering that the peripatetic lifestyle suited him.
At 21, already an avid and peripatetic soap salesman, he was given a share of the business.
This peripatetic but thoroughly engrossing survey reveals an artist who has operated for more than 30 years in the gap defined by feminism, painting and popular culture.
Picasso's mural, after a peripatetic life around the world, only made its way home in 1981.
Despite the couple’s peripatetic existence, de Taillac decamps here for summers and holidays and slips into her simple country life of food shopping, cooking, gardening, and hosting friends without missing a beat.
His peripatetic inability to stay cool is a real danger in the most powerful person in the world.
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
PERIPATETIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of peripatetic for English Language Learners
: going from place to place usually as part of your job
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