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empiric

[em-pir-ik] /ɛmˈpɪr ɪk/
noun
1.
a person who follows an empirical method.
2.
a quack; charlatan.
adjective
3.
Origin of empiric
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin empīricus < Greek empeirikós experienced, equivalent to em- em-2 + peir- (stem of peirân to attempt) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
antiempiric, noun, adjective
nonempiric, noun, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • The empirics declare that they know nothing; because, as soon as looked at, they may change.

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • Steele has transmitted to us some capital anecdotes of the empirics of his day.

    A Book about Doctors John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • Here is no lack of votaries of the practical, of experimentalists, of empirics.

    Views and Reviews Henry James
  • They had accomplished much, but it was the work mainly of empirics.

    Inventions in the Century William Henry Doolittle
  • And give they not the guerdon and the honour they deny me, to the empirics that slaughter them?

  • And give they not the guerdon and the honour they deny me to the empirics that slaughter them?

  • He held his peace till the empirics had departed and the dwarf had covered the patient and shaken his pillows.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • There are many thousands of persons who believe this stuff, and endanger their lives and health by trusting to these empirics.

    The Witches of New York Q. K. Philander Doesticks
  • Everything was conjecture, and that which rested on the evidence of facts was by the empirics received with enthusiasm.

  • We are mere operatives, empirics, and egotists, until we learn to think in letters instead of figures.

    The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table Oliver Wendell Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for empirics

empiric

/ɛmˈpɪrɪk/
noun
1.
a person who relies on empirical methods
2.
a medical quack; charlatan
adjective
3.
a variant of empirical
Word Origin
C16: from Latin empīricus, from Greek empeirikos practised, from peiran to attempt
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Word Origin and History for empirics

empiric

adj.

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.

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empirics in Medicine

empiric em·pir·ic (ěm-pēr'ĭk)
n.

  1. One who is guided by practical experience rather than precepts or theory.

  2. An unqualified or dishonest practitioner; a charlatan.

adj.
  1. Empirical.

  2. 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.

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