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  1. c490–c430 b.c., Greek philosopher and statesman.
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Examples from the Web for empedocles

Historical Examples

  • Empedocles stayed his feet among the groves of Etna to hear it.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens

  • What then are the things in the world from Empedocles' point of view?

  • He wondered if it really was Thales so much as Empedocles or Ctesias.

    The Librarian at Play

    Edmund Lester Pearson

  • Similar boasts occur in the poems of Empedocles and of Taliesin.

  • To his left Pythagoras is writing on his knee, and near him, with ink and pen, is Empedocles.

    Walks in Rome

    Augustus J.C. Hare

British Dictionary definitions for empedocles


  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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empedocles in Medicine


(ĕm-pĕdə-klēz′)Fifth century bc
  1. Greek philosopher who believed that all matter is composed of elemental particles of fire, water, earth, and air.
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