- a person who follows an empirical method.
- a quack; charlatan.
Origin of empiric
Examples from the Web for empiric
The count considered Lincoln an “honest man of nature, perhaps an empiric, doctoring with innocent juices from herbs.”President Lincoln’s Twitter Mole
October 26, 2013
He appears to prefer the empiric method in love as in philosophy.Tales From Two Hemispheres
Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
Cherokee medicine is an empiric development of the fetich idea.The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees
No institutions or principles are spared its empiric handling.The Collector
Henry T. Tuckerman
He was by no means an empiric, as some were whom Charles II.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
He re-told the insult put upon himself in the epithet of empiric.The Sunset Trail
Alfred Henry Lewis
- a person who relies on empirical methods
- a medical quack; charlatan
- a variant of empirical
Word Origin and History for empiric
c.1600, from Latin empiricus "a physician guided by experience," from Greek empeirikos "experienced," from empeiria "experience," from empeiros "skilled," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + peira "trial, experiment," from PIE *per- "to try, risk." Originally a school of ancient physicians who based their practice on experience rather than theory. Earlier as a noun (1540s) in reference to the sect, and earliest (1520s) in a sense "quack doctor" which was in frequent use 16c.-19c.
- One who is guided by practical experience rather than precepts or theory.
- An unqualified or dishonest practitioner; a charlatan.
- Relating to a school of ancient Greek medicine in which a physician relied on experience and precedent in the observation and treatment of disease, and on analogical reasoning in discovering new diseases.