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quadrivium

[kwo-driv-ee-uh m] /kwɒˈdrɪv i əm/
noun, plural quadrivia
[kwo-driv-ee-uh] /kwɒˈdrɪv i ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
(during the Middle Ages) the more advanced division of the seven liberal arts, comprising arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music.
Compare trivium.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Late Latin, special use of Latin quadrivium place where four ways meet; see quadri-, via, -ium
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Examples for quadrivium
  • The studies of the medieval university were based upon the trivium and quadrivium.
  • The seven volumes comprise seven subjects almost identical with those of the trivium and quadrivium of scholasticism.
British Dictionary definitions for quadrivium

quadrivium

/kwɒˈdrɪvɪəm/
noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
1.
(in medieval learning) the higher division of the seven liberal arts, consisting of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music Compare trivium
Word Origin
from Medieval Latin, from Latin: crossroads, meeting of four ways, from quadri- + via way
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