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[koh-pur-ni-kuh n, kuh-]
  1. of or relating to Copernicus or his theories.
  2. important and radically different; thoroughgoing: a Copernican revolution in modern art.
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Origin of Copernican

First recorded in 1660–70; Copernic(us) + -an
Related formspost-Co·per·ni·can, adjectivepre-Co·per·ni·can, adjective
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Historical Examples of copernican

  • Against Galileo, the war against the Copernican theory was concentrated.

    The Necessity of Atheism

    Dr. D.M. Brooks

  • They very nearly failed to assimilate the Copernican cosmogony.

  • The Copernican theory first clearly explained the —— of the planets.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms

    James Champlin Fernald

  • In 1632 appeared his "Dialogues" on the Ptolemaic and Copernican systems.

  • The Copernican doctrine of the motion of the earth was one of his obnoxious heresies.

Word Origin and History for copernican



1660s, "pertaining to Copernicus."

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