theoric

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French theorique, probably from Medieval Latin *theōrica, from Ancient Greek θεωρική (theōrikḗ).

Noun[edit]

theoric (plural theorics)

  1. (obsolete) Theory, as opposed to practice. [14th-19th c.]
    • , II.27:
      We travel into Italie to learne the art of fencing, and practise it at the cost of our lives, before we know it; it were requisite, according to the order of true discipline, we should preferre the theorike before the practike.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, II.2.4:
      Jucundus [] confesseth of himself, that he was mightily delighted with these husbandry studies, and took extraordinary pleasure in them: if the theoric or speculation can so much affect, what shall the place and exercise, the practic part, do?

Adjective[edit]

theoric (comparative more theoric, superlative most theoric)

  1. (obsolete) Relating to, or skilled in, theory.
    • Massinger
      A man but young, / Yet old in judgment, theoric and practic / In all humanity.
  2. Relating to the Ancient Greek Theorica.