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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Definitions for peripatetic

  1. walking or traveling about; itinerant.
  2. (initial capital letter) of or relating to Aristotle, who taught philosophy while walking in the Lyceum of ancient Athens.
  3. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Aristotelian school of philosophy.

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Citations for peripatetic
The peripatetic life is the only truly fashionable one these days. And one must not come back empty-handed; it's as necessary to display a vase unearthed from Pompeii or a new dress from Madame Bertin in Paris as to litter one's speech with carisima mia and enchanté. Emma Donoghue, Life Mask, 2004
But failing the company of the Commendatore Boni, which is without price, there are to be had for a very little money the guidance and philosophy, and, for all I know, the friendship of several peripatetic historians who lead people about the ruins in Rome, and instruct them in the fable, and doubtless in the moral, of the things they see. William Dean Howells, Roman Holidays and Others, 1908
Origin of peripatetic
late Middle English
Peripatetic is derived from the Greek peripatētikós, a term used for Aristotle and his school meaning literally "walking about." It entered English in the mid-1400s.