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peripatetic

[per-uh-puh-tet-ik] /ˌpɛr ə pəˈtɛt ɪk/
adjective
1.
walking or traveling about; itinerant.
2.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to Aristotle, who taught philosophy while walking in the Lyceum of ancient Athens.
3.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Aristotelian school of philosophy.
noun
4.
a person who walks or travels about.
5.
(initial capital letter) a member of the Aristotelian school.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin peripatēticus < Greek peripatētikós of Aristotle and his school, literally, walking about, equivalent to peripatē- (verbid stem of peripateîn to walk about, equivalent to peri- peri- + pateîn to walk; akin to path) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
peripatetically, adverb
peripateticism
[per-uh-puh-tet-uh-siz-uh m] /ˌpɛr ə pəˈtɛt əˌsɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
1. wandering, roving; vagrant.
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British Dictionary definitions for peripatetic

peripatetic

/ˌpɛrɪpəˈtɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
itinerant
2.
(Brit) employed in two or more educational establishments and travelling from one to another: a peripatetic football coach
noun
3.
a peripatetic person
Derived Forms
peripatetically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin peripatēticus, from Greek peripatētikos, from peripatein to pace to and fro

Peripatetic

/ˌpɛrɪpəˈtɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the teachings of Aristotle, who used to teach philosophy while walking about the Lyceum in ancient Athens
noun
2.
a student of Aristotelianism
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Word Origin and History for peripatetic
n.

c.1400, "disciple of Aristotle," from Old French perypatetique (14c.), from Latin peripateticus "pertaining to the disciples or philosophy of Aristotle," from Greek peripatetikos "given to walking about" (especially while teaching), from peripatein "walk up and down, walk about," from peri- "around" (see peri-) + patein "to walk, tread" (see find (v.)). Aristotle's custom was to teach while strolling through the Lyceum in Athens. In English, the philosophical meaning is older than that of "person who wanders about" (1610s).

adj.

1560s in the philosophical sense, 1640s in the literal sense; see peripatetic (n.).

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