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[pir-uh-niz-uh m] /ˈpɪr əˌnɪz əm/
the Skeptic doctrines of Pyrrho and his followers.
extreme or absolute skepticism.
Origin of Pyrrhonism
1660-70; < Greek Pýrrhōn Pyrrho + -ism
Related forms
Pyrrhonist, noun
Pyrrhonistic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We shall now proceed to the consideration of the general position and aim of Pyrrhonism.

  • Although no Pyrrhonist in thought, he knows too well in experience the depths of Pyrrhonism.

    Pascal John Tulloch
  • Arcesilaus himself laid great stress upon this doctrine, which Sextus carefully shows us is utterly inconsistent with Pyrrhonism.

  • I am charmed to see a part of your Majesty's Dominions in a state of Pyrrhonism; the disease is epidemical here at present.

  • We would attribute, however, the empirical tendency shown during the whole history of Pyrrhonism to Pyrrho as its originator.

  • He certainly thought that he had found a surer road to truth than either Dogmatism or Pyrrhonism.

    Pascal John Tulloch
  • In the first book of the Hypotyposes he takes strong ground against the identity of Pyrrhonism and Empiricism in medicine.

  • I sincerely hope that I shall not be accused of Pyrrhonism, or of any desire to weaken the foundations of rational certainty.

  • It consisted of an absolute disbelief in everything but Pyrrhonism.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • All historical relations tend to fix the permanent seat of Pyrrhonism, after its separation from the Academy, in Alexandria.

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