peripatetics

peripatetic

[per-uh-puh-tet-ik]
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:
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

peripatetically, adverb
peripateticism [per-uh-puh-tet-uh-siz-uhm] , noun


1. wandering, roving; vagrant.
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peripatetic (ˌpɛrɪpəˈtɛtɪk)
 
adj
1.  itinerant
2.  (Brit) employed in two or more educational establishments and travelling from one to another: a peripatetic football coach
 
n
3.  a peripatetic person
 
[C16: from Latin peripatēticus, from Greek peripatētikos, from peripatein to pace to and fro]
 
peripa'tetically
 
adv

Peripatetic (ˌpɛrɪpəˈtɛtɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the teachings of Aristotle, who used to teach philosophy while walking about the Lyceum in ancient Athens
 
n
2.  a student of Aristotelianism

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peripatetic
c.1400, n., "disciple of Aristotle," from O.Fr. perypatetique (14c.), from L. peripateticus "pertaining to the disciples or philosophy of Aristotle," from Gk. peripatetikos "given to walking about" (especially while teaching), from peripatein, from peri- "around" + patein "to walk." Aristotle's custom
was to teach while strolling through the Lyceum in Athens. In Eng., the philosophical meaning is older than that of "person who wanders about" (1617). As an adj., attested in Eng. 1566 in the philosophical sense, 1642 in the lit. sense.
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