- a person who follows an empirical method.
- a quack; charlatan.
Origin of empiric
Examples from the Web for empirics
The Empirics declare that they know nothing; because, as soon as looked at, they may change.The Life of Cicero
Steele has transmitted to us some capital anecdotes of the empirics of his day.A Book about Doctors
John Cordy Jeaffreson
Here is no lack of votaries of the practical, of experimentalists, of empirics.Views and Reviews
They had accomplished much, but it was the work mainly of empirics.Inventions in the Century
William Henry Doolittle
And give they not the guerdon and the honour they deny me, to the empirics that slaughter them?The Cloister and the Hearth
- a person who relies on empirical methods
- a medical quack; charlatan
- a variant of empirical
Word Origin and History for empirics
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.