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

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Scholasticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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