Empiric



a person who follows an method.
a quack; charlatan.
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Contemporary Examples

The count considered Lincoln an “honest man of nature, perhaps an empiric, doctoring with innocent juices from herbs.”
President Lincoln’s Twitter Mole Kevin Peraino October 25, 2013

Historical Examples

Our laws are not empiric, but their reason is seldom apparent to those who are expected to obey them.
Race Improvement : or, Eugenics : a Little Book on a Great Subject La Reine Helen Baker

Cherokee medicine is an empiric development of the fetich idea.
The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees James Mooney

Rawleigh inquired whether the empiric knew of any preparation which could make him look ghastly, without injuring his health.
Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3) Isaac Disraeli

He appears to prefer the empiric method in love as in philosophy.
Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen

All the riches of the place, like those of an empiric, in laced cloaths, appear on the outside.
An History of Birmingham (1783) William Hutton

No institutions or principles are spared its empiric handling.
The Collector Henry T. Tuckerman

But the empiric betrays himself as soon as he comes to practice.
A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2) Charles Creighton

He was by no means an empiric, as some were whom Charles II.
A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2) Charles Creighton

Its use in this way in practical medicine has been based essentially on empiric considerations.
The Propaganda for Reform in Proprietary Medicines, Vol. 2 of 2 Various

noun
a person who relies on empirical methods
a medical quack; charlatan
adjective
a variant of empirical
adj.

c.1600, from Latin empiricus “a physician guided by experience,” from Greek empeirikos “experienced,” from empeiria “experience,” from empeiros “skilled,” from en “in” (see en- (2)) + peira “trial, experiment,” from PIE *per- “to try, risk.” Originally a school of ancient physicians who based their practice on experience rather than theory. Earlier as a noun (1540s) in reference to the sect, and earliest (1520s) in a sense “quack doctor” which was in frequent use 16c.-19c.

empiric em·pir·ic (ěm-pēr’ĭk)
n.

One who is guided by practical experience rather than precepts or theory.

An unqualified or dishonest practitioner; a charlatan.

adj.

Empirical.

Relating to a school of ancient Greek medicine in which a physician relied on experience and precedent in the observation and treatment of disease, and on analogical reasoning in discovering new diseases.

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