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.”
We have several of them; one starts from the idea of God, others from the empiric created world.
The theorist disdains experience—the empiric rejects principle.
He was by no means an empiric, as some were whom Charles II.
He appears to prefer the empiric method in love as in philosophy.Tales From Two Hemispheres|Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
But the empiric betrays himself as soon as he comes to practice.
British Dictionary definitions for empiric
Word Origin for empiric
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.