syllabus of errors

syllabus

[sil-uh-buhs]
noun, plural syllabuses, syllabi [sil-uh-bahy] .
1.
an outline or other brief statement of the main points of a discourse, the subjects of a course of lectures, the contents of a curriculum, etc.
2.
Law.
a.
a short summary of the legal basis of a court's decision appearing at the beginning of a reported case.
b.
a book containing summaries of the leading cases in a legal field, used especially by students.
3.
(often initial capital letter) . Also called Syllabus of Errors. Roman Catholic Church. the list of 80 propositions condemned as erroneous by Pope Pius IX in 1864.

Origin:
1650–60; < Neo-Latin syllabus, syllabos, probably a misreading (in manuscripts of Cicero) of Greek síttybās, accusative plural of síttyba label for a papyrus roll

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syllabus (ˈsɪləbəs)
 
n , pl -buses, -bi
1.  an outline of a course of studies, text, etc
2.  (Brit)
 a.  the subjects studied for a particular course
 b.  a document which lists these subjects and states how the course will be assessed
 
[C17: from Late Latin, erroneously from Latin sittybus parchment strip giving title and author, from Greek sittuba]

Syllabus (ˈsɪləbəs)
 
n
1.  Also called: Syllabus of Errors a list of 80 doctrinal theses condemned as erroneous by Pius IX in 1864
2.  a list of 65 Modernist propositions condemned as erroneous by Pius X in 1907

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syllabus
1656, "table of contents of a series of lectures, etc.," from L.L. syllabus "list," a misreading of Gk. sittybos (pl. of sittyba "parchment label, table of contents," of unknown origin) in a 1470s edition of Cicero's "Ad Atticum" iv.5 and 8. The proper plural would be syllabi,
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