We could only see ourselves from a surface point of view, and, in our empirics, we had no official assistance.
The empirics declare that they know nothing; because, as soon as looked at, they may change.
The empirics were of both sexes, and of foreign extraction as well as native.
Here is no lack of votaries of the practical, of experimentalists, of empirics.
Many remedies of this type, the so-called old wives' remedies, were those of empirics.
And give they not the guerdon and the honour they deny me to the empirics that slaughter them?
Everything was conjecture, and that which rested on the evidence of facts was by the empirics received with enthusiasm.
He held his peace till the empirics had departed and the dwarf had covered the patient and shaken his pillows.
Science becomes dangerous in the hands of empirics, as weapons in the hands of children.
We are mere operatives, empirics, and egotists, until we learn to think in letters instead of figures.
c.1600, from Latin empiricus "a physician guided by experience," from Greek empeirikos "experienced," from empeiria "experience," from empeiros "skilled," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + peira "trial, experiment," from PIE *per- "to try, risk." Originally a school of ancient physicians who based their practice on experience rather than theory. Earlier as a noun (1540s) in reference to the sect, and earliest (1520s) in a sense "quack doctor" which was in frequent use 16c.-19c.
empiric em·pir·ic (ěm-pēr'ĭk)
One who is guided by practical experience rather than precepts or theory.
An unqualified or dishonest practitioner; a charlatan.
Relating to a school of ancient Greek medicine in which a physician relied on experience and precedent in the observation and treatment of disease, and on analogical reasoning in discovering new diseases.