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trivium

[triv-ee-uh m] /ˈtrɪv i əm/
noun
1.
(during the Middle Ages) the lower division of the seven liberal arts, comprising grammar, rhetoric, and logic.
Compare quadrivium.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Medieval Latin, special use of Latin trivium public place, literally, place where three roads meet. See trivial
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  • 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.
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trivium

/ˈtrɪvɪəm/
noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
1.
(in medieval learning) the lower division of the seven liberal arts, consisting of grammar, rhetoric, and logic Compare quadrivium
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin, from Latin: crossroads; see trivial
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Word Origin and History for trivium
n.

1804, from Medieval Latin, "grammar, rhetoric, and logic," first three of the seven liberal arts in the Middle Ages, considered less important than arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. From Latin trivium "place where three roads meet" (see trivial).

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