noun scho·las·ti·cism \skə-ˈlas-tə-ˌsi-zəm\

Definition of scholasticism

  1. 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 Aristotelianismb :  neo-scholasticism

  2. 2a :  close adherence to the traditional teachings or methods of a school or sectb :  pedantic adherence to scholarly methods


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