Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

via media

[vahy-uh mee-dee-uh, mey-, vee-uh; Latin wee-ah me-dee-ah] /ˈvaɪ ə ˈmi di ə, ˈmeɪ-, ˈvi ə; Latin ˈwi ɑ ˈmɛ di ɑ/
noun
1.
a middle way; a mean between two extremes.
Origin of via media
1835-1845
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1835-45
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for via media
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • This was the first condition of any reasonable treatise on the via media.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • The via media has slept in libraries; it is a substitute of infancy for manhood.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • None the less the via media they offered has penetrated English thought.

    Cambridge Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • His virtues were those of the successful pursuers of the via media.

    Ten Tudor Statesmen Arthur D. Innes
  • A via media is attempted, however, by Mr. Howitt, to which we shall return.

  • There was no via media; you were either a saint or a sinner, of the church or the world.

  • The via media, as almost always, is here also the via veritatis.

  • Perhaps this via media might have been adopted had it presented itself earlier.

    The Revellers Louis Tracy
  • The truth lay, not with the via media, but in what was called "the extreme party."

    Apologia pro Vita Sua John Henry Newman
British Dictionary definitions for via media

via media

/ˈvaɪə ˈmiːdɪə/
noun
1.
a compromise between two extremes; middle course
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for via media

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for via

6
7
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for via media