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  1. of or relating to the principles of architecture.
  2. resembling architecture, especially in its highly organized manner or technique of structure: the architectonic perfection of his new novel.
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Origin of architectonic

1635–45; < Latin architectonicus < Greek architektonikós of, belonging to architecture. See archi-, tectonic
Related formsar·chi·tec·ton·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·ar·chi·tec·ton·ic, adjective
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Related Words for architectonic

building, constructive, architectonic, engineered

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Historical Examples of architectonic

  • His genius is architectonic; he has an idea which he builds into harmonious measures.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

  • There may perhaps be allowed to be a certain want of "architectonic" in him.

  • The division of Sciences into ancillary and "architectonic" is Aristotelian.

  • Only through the spirit of music can the architectonic of Jean Christophe be understood.

    Romain Rolland

    Stefan Zweig

  • We must not seek for severe discipline and architectonic design.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3

    John Addington Symonds

British Dictionary definitions for architectonic


  1. denoting, relating to, or having architectural qualities
  2. metaphysics of or relating to the systematic classification of knowledge
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Derived Formsarchitectonically, adverb

Word Origin for architectonic

C16: from Late Latin architectonicus concerning architecture; see architect
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Word Origin and History for architectonic


1670s (architectonical is from c.1600), "pertaining to architecture," from Latin architectonicus, from Greek arkhitektonikos "pertaining to a master builder," from arkhitekton (see architect). Metaphysical sense, "pertaining to systematization of knowledge," is from 1801.

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