Definitions for peripateticˌpɛr ə pəˈtɛt ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

per•i•pa•tet•icˌpɛr ə pəˈtɛt ɪk(adj.)

  1. walking or traveling about; itinerant.

  2. (cap.) of or pertaining to Aristotle, who taught philosophy while walking in the Lyceum.

    Category: Philosphy

  3. (cap.) of or pertaining to the Aristotelian school of philosophy.

    Category: Philosphy

  4. (n.)an itinerant person.

  5. (cap.) a member of the Aristotelian school.

    Category: Philosphy

Origin of peripatetic:

1400–50; late ME < L peripatēticus < Gk peripatētikós of Aristotle and his school, lit., walking about =peripatē- (var. s. of peripateîn to walk about =peri-peri - +pateîn to walk) +-tikos -tic

per`i•pa•tet′i•cism-əˌsɪz əm(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. peripatetic(noun)

    a person who walks from place to place

  2. Aristotelian, Aristotelean, Peripatetic(adj)

    a follower of Aristotle or an adherent of Aristotelianism

  3. Aristotelian, Aristotelean, Aristotelic, peripatetic(adj)

    of or relating to Aristotle or his philosophy

    "Aristotelean logic"

  4. peripatetic, wayfaring(adj)

    traveling especially on foot

    "peripatetic country preachers"; "a poor wayfaring stranger"


  1. peripatetic(Noun)

    One who walks about; a pedestrian; an itinerant.

  2. peripatetic(Noun)

    One who accepts the philosophy of Aristotle or his school; an Aristotelian.

  3. peripatetic(Adjective)

    tending to walk about

  4. peripatetic(Adjective)

    constantly travelling; itinerant; nomadic.

  5. peripatetic(Adjective)

    Having to do with Aristotle, his philosophy, or the school of thought which he founded.

  6. Peripatetic(Noun)

    A disciple of Aristotle; an Aristotelian.

  7. Peripatetic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the philosophy or methods of Aristotle, or to his followers.

  8. Origin: From peripatetique (peri- + patein), from peripateticus, from περιπατητικός, from περιπατέω, from περί + πατέω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peripatetic(adj)

    walking about; itinerant

  2. Peripatetic(adj)

    of or pertaining to the philosophy taught by Aristotle (who gave his instructions while walking in the Lyceum at Athens), or to his followers

  3. Peripatetic(noun)

    one who walks about; a pedestrian; an itinerant

  4. Peripatetic(noun)

    a disciple of Aristotle; an Aristotelian


  1. Peripatetic school

    The Peripatetic school was a school of philosophy in Ancient Greece. Its teachings derived from its founder, the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, and Peripatetic is a name given to his followers. The school originally derived its name Peripatos from the peripatoi of the Lyceum in Athens where the members met. A similar Greek word peripatetikos refers to the act of walking, and as an adjective, "peripatetic" is often used to mean itinerant, wandering, meandering, or walking about. After Aristotle's death, a legend arose that he was a "peripatetic" lecturer – that he walked about as he taught – and the designation Peripatetikos came to replace the original Peripatos. The school dates from around 335 BC when Aristotle began teaching in the Lyceum. It was an informal institution whose members conducted philosophical and scientific inquiries. Aristotle's successors Theophrastus and Strato continued the tradition of exploring philosophical and scientific theories, but after the middle of the 3rd century BC, the school fell into a decline, and it was not until the Roman era that there was a revival.

Anagrams of peripatetic

  1. precipitate


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