the principle or habit of accepting reason as the supreme authority in matters of opinion, belief, or conduct.
the doctrine that reason alone is a source of knowledge and is independent of experience.
(in the philosophies of Descartes, Spinoza, etc.) the doctrine that all knowledge is expressible in self-evident propositions or their consequences.
Theology. the doctrine that human reason, unaided by divine revelation, is an adequate or the sole guide to all attainable religious truth.
Architecture, (often initial capital letter)
a design movement principally of the mid-19th century that emphasized the development of modern ornament integrated with structure and the decorative use of materials and textures rather than as added adornment.
the doctrines and practices of this movement.
Compare (def 1).
reliance on reason rather than intuition to justify one’s beliefs or actions
the doctrine that knowledge about reality can be obtained by reason alone without recourse to experience
the doctrine that human knowledge can all be encompassed within a single, usually deductive, system
the school of philosophy initiated by Descartes which held both the above doctrines
the belief that knowledge and truth are ascertained by rational thought and not by divine or supernatural revelation
interest in or concern for the actual or real, as distinguished from the abstract, speculative, etc. the tendency to view or represent things as they really are. Fine Arts. treatment of forms, colors, space, etc., in such a manner as to emphasize their correspondence to actuality or to ordinary visual experience. Compare (def 4), (def […]
a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant , especially through the sale of scarce or rationed goods. to act as a profiteer. noun a person who makes excessive profits, esp by charging exorbitant prices for goods in short supply verb (intransitive) to make excessive profits v. 1797, but dormant in English until it was revived […]
the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc.: social reform; spelling reform. an instance of this. the amendment of conduct, belief, etc. to change to a better state, form, etc.; improve by alteration, substitution, abolition, etc. to cause (a person) to abandon wrong or evil ways of life or conduct. to put […]
of, relating to, or of the nature of a republic. favoring a republic. fitting or appropriate for the citizen of a republic: a very republican notion. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Republican Party. a person who favors a republican form of government. (initial capital letter) a member of the Republican Rarty. Contemporary […]