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  1. an adherent or advocate of the Ptolemaic system of astronomy.
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Origin of Ptolemaist

First recorded in 1875–80; Ptolema(ic) + -ist
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Historical Examples of ptolemaist

  • For the Ptolemaist all these phenomena have no bond between them; for the Copernican they are produced by the one same cause.

    The Foundations of Science: Science and Hypothesis, The Value of Science, Science and Method

    Henri Poincar

  • The poet is always a Ptolemaist; for him the sun still rises and the earth stands still.

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    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for ptolemaist


  1. a believer in or adherent of the Ptolemaic system of the universe
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