scholasticism

noun
scho·​las·​ti·​cism | \ skə-ˈla-stə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce scholasticism (audio) \

Definition of scholasticism

1 capitalized

a : a philosophical movement dominant in western Christian civilization from the 9th until the 17th century and combining religious dogma with the mystical and intuitional tradition of patristic philosophy especially of St. Augustine and later with Aristotelianism
2a : close adherence to the traditional teachings or methods of a school or sect
b : pedantic adherence to scholarly methods

First Known Use of scholasticism

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about scholasticism

Share scholasticism

Statistics for scholasticism

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for scholasticism

The first known use of scholasticism was in 1706

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on scholasticism

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with scholasticism

Britannica English: Translation of scholasticism for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about scholasticism

Comments on scholasticism

What made you want to look up scholasticism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a flaw that causes the downfall of a hero

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!