mathesis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman mathesis, Middle French mathesie, and their source, Late Latin mathesis (astrology, liberal arts, science), from Ancient Greek μάθησις (máthēsis, learning), from the same base as μανθάνω (manthánō, I learn).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /məˈθiːsɪs/, /ˈmaθəsɪs/
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Noun[edit]

mathesis (uncountable)

  1. (now rare) Mental calculation or discipline; science, especially mathematical learning. [from 15th c.]
    • 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
      Forget the Boys, forget your loyalties to your Dead, first of all to Rebekah, for she, they, are but distractions, temporal, flesh, ever attempting to drag the Uranian Devotee back down out of his realm of pure Mathesis, of that which abides.
  2. The science of establishing a systematic order for things. (After Foucault.) [from 1970s]
    • 1997, Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 69 (Totem Books, Icon Books; →ISBN
      I’m using 'mathesis' — a universal science of measurement and order []

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Ancient Greek μάθησις (máthēsis).

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Noun[edit]

mathēsis f (genitive mathēsis or mathēseōs or mathēsios); third declension

(Late Latin)
  1. (in general) the action of learning, knowledge, science
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    1. (in particular) mathematics, mathesis
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    2. (in particular) astrology
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Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun (Greek-type, i-stem, i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative mathēsis mathēsēs
mathēseis
Genitive mathēsis
mathēseōs
mathēsios
mathēsium
Dative mathēsī mathēsibus
Accusative mathēsim
mathēsin
mathēsem1
mathēsēs
mathēsīs
Ablative mathēsī
mathēse1
mathēsibus
Vocative mathēsis
mathēsi
mathēsēs
mathēseis

1Found sometimes in Medieval and New Latin.

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