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[pi-thag-uh-ree-uh-niz-uh m]
  1. the doctrines of Pythagoras and his followers, especially the belief that the universe is the manifestation of various combinations of mathematical ratios.
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Origin of Pythagoreanism

First recorded in 1720–30; Pythagorean + -ism
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Historical Examples of pythagoreanism

  • It is easy for us to see now that all this indicates a real weakness in Pythagoreanism.

    The Legacy of Greece


  • There was a recrudescence of Pythagoreanism, with its attendant symbolism and mysticism.

  • While Croton was the chief seat of Pythagoreanism, luxury had fixed her throne in the neighbouring city of Sybaris.

  • At any rate, both Orphism and Pythagoreanism stand apart from the official cults of the Greek states.

  • But the determinateness of quantity is number, and this is the principle and standpoint of Pythagoreanism.

British Dictionary definitions for pythagoreanism


  1. the teachings of Pythagoras and his followers, esp that the universe is essentially a manifestation of mathematical relationships
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