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Acroamatic

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Acroamatic Communicated orally; oral; -- applied to the esoteric teachings of Aristotle, those intended for his genuine disciples, in distinction from his exoteric doctrines, which were adapted to outsiders or the public generally. Hence: Abstruse; profound.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • acroamatic Abstruse; pertaining to deep learning: opposed to exoteric. Applied particularly to those writings of Aristotle (also termed esoteric) which possessed a strictly scientific content and form, as opposed to his exoteric writings or dialogues, which were of a more popular character. The former were addressed to “hearers,” that is, were intended to be read to his disciples or were notes written down after his lectures; hence the epithet acroamatic. All the works of Aristotle which we possess, except a few fragments of his dialogues, belong to this class. See esoteric. An equivalent form is acroatic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Acroamatic ak-ro-a-mat′ik oral, esoteric, secret—applied to the lectures of Aristotle delivered to a select circle of students as opposed to his more popular lectures.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr., fr. to hear
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. akroamatikosakroasthai, to hear.

Usage

In literature:

This is the 'acroamatic' method of teaching.
"On the Future of our Educational Institutions" by Friedrich Nietzsche
The former investigations were called acroamatic, the latter exoteric.
"A History of Philosophy in Epitome" by Albert Schwegler
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