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[pi-thag-uh-ree-uh n] /pɪˌθæg əˈri ən/
of or relating to Pythagoras, to his school, or to his doctrines.
a follower of Pythagoras.
Origin of Pythagorean
1540-50; < Latin Pȳthagorē(us) (< Greek Pȳthagóreios of Pythagoras) + -an
Related forms
post-Pythagorean, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The old Pythagorean fancy that the soul 'is or has in it harmony' may in some degree be realized.

    Theaetetus Plato
  • Is the Pythagorean image of the harmony, or that of the monad, the truer expression?

    Phaedo Plato
  • It is possible that the Pythagorean and Platonic doctrine may still have a future.

  • We may also take it that he was familiar with all sorts of Orphic and Pythagorean sectaries.

  • The Pythagorean contributions to geometry were even more remarkable.

  • A Pythagorean doctrine of numbers was therefore congenial to his mind.

  • South Italy was indeed the true home of the Pythagorean teaching.

  • Inclined to the Pythagorean doctrines, he had a horror of all bloodshed.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • Proclus affirmed that he had been Nichomachus the Pythagorean.

    Reincarnation Th. Pascal
British Dictionary definitions for Pythagorean


of or relating to Pythagoras
denoting the diatonic scale of eight notes arrived at by Pythagoras and based on a succession of fifths
a follower of Pythagoras
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Pythagorean

1540s, from Latin Pythagoreus "of or pertaining to Pythagoras," Greek philosopher of Samos (6c. B.C.E.), whose teachings included transmigration of the soul and vegetarianism (these are some of the commonest early allusions in English). The Pythagorean theorem is the 47th of the first book of Euclid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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