[ em-ped-uh-kleez ]

  1. c490–c430 b.c., Greek philosopher and statesman.

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  • Empedocles, of Agrigentum, well known in the history of philosophy, was perhaps the most famous of these physicians.

  • In Empedocles' theory of evolution, the vegetable world preceded the animal.

    Form and Function | E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • Empedocles, one of the early disciples of Pythagoras, said that he inhabited a female body in his preceding existence.

    Reincarnation | Th. Pascal
  • Empedocles and the panpsychists spoke in the same sense of sensation and effort in all things.

    The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel
  • He had done the same with Empedocles on Etna, and other Poems in 1852.

    Matthew Arnold | G. W. E. Russell

British Dictionary definitions for Empedocles


/ (ɛmˈpɛdəˌkliːz) /

  1. ?490–430 bc, Greek philosopher and scientist, who held that the world is composed of four elements, air, fire, earth, and water, which are governed by the opposing forces of love and discord

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