Definitions of empiric

  1. ( archaic) relying on medical quackery; " empiric treatment"
  2. derived from experiment and observation rather than theory; " an empirical basis for an ethical theory"; " empirical laws"; " empirical data"; " an empirical treatment of a disease about which little is known"
  3. relying on medical quackery; " empiric treatment"
  4. One who follows an empirical method; one who relies upon practical experience.
  5. One who confines himself to applying the results of mere experience or his own observation; especially, in medicine, one who deviates from the rules of science and regular practice; an ignorant and unlicensed pretender; a quack; a charlatan.
  6. Alt. of Empirical
  7. A quack.
  8. One whose methods are purely experimental.
  9. Given to or guided by experience; experimental.
  10. 1. Empirical. 2. A charlatan, one who treats symptoms solely, knowing nothing of the nature of disease. 2. One of a school of ancient Greek physicians who contended that the practice of medicine should be based wholly on experience and not on theory.
  11. One who makes trials or experiments: one whose knowledge is got from experience only: a quack.
  12. One whose knowledge is from experience only; a quack.
  13. Resting on experiment only.
  14. Experimental rather than scientific.
  15. One whose methods are empirical; a quack.
  16. Resting on experience, or experiment and observation; versed in experiments; known only from experience; applied without science or rationale.
  17. One whose practice of an art, specially the medical art, is not founded on scientific knowledge, but on mere empiricism; a charlatan.
  18. One whose knowledge and practice is founded on experience; one who practises medicine without being regularly educated; a pretender to medical skill; a quack.
  19. Resting only on experience; applied without science.

Usage examples for empiric

  1. 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) by Isaac Disraeli
  2. For the first time since she had seen his face with the light upon it, he smiled, and the smile relieved the rather empiric quality of his habitual expression. – Outside Inn by Ethel M. Kelley
  3. The empiric attributes all his success to the mechanical operations of agriculture; he experiences and recognises their value, without inquiring what are the causes of their utility, their mode of action: and yet this scientific knowledge is of the highest importance for regulating the application of power and the expenditure of capital,- for insuring its economical expenditure and the prevention of waste. – Familiar Letters of Chemistry by Justus Liebig
  4. Besides, for the honour of the cabala, the oracle must have nothing to do with mere empiric remedies. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  5. But it is no better than the last resource of an empiric, the last refuge of a sciolist; a refuge which the soundest of scholars will be slowest to seek, a resource which the most competent of critics will be least ready to adopt. – A Study of Shakespeare by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  6. Clemens never had any quarrel with the theory of Christian Science or mental healing, or with any of the empiric practices. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  7. This young man's responsive spirit acted on her as the discovery of specifics for restoring soundness to the frame excites the brilliant empiric: he would slay us with benevolent soul to show the miracle of our revival. – The Tragic Comedians, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  8. Thus the shrewd empiric thrives at the expense of his fellow men. – Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery by Robert Means Lawrence
  9. It stands ready to- day to accept anything from any theorist, from any empiric who can make out a good case for his discovery or his remedy. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  10. Manoury, too, the French empiric, was arrested at Plymouth for the same crime, and accused his worthy friend. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3) by Isaac Disraeli
  11. If he was an empiric, so were all the doctors of his time; and he may be described as a professional unpaid physician who carried on a frequently interrupted practice. – The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened by Kenelm Digby
  12. The purely empiric knowledge of statics it implies could only have been accumulated by a long series of more or less happy experiments. – A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1 by Georges Perrot Charles Chipiez
  13. But while they thus led back to nature, Bacon was yet as little of an empiric, in the common sense, as Shakespeare was a poet of nature. – The Mystery of Francis Bacon by William T. Smedley
  14. She will make a clever go- between, a bold and skilful empiric. – La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages by Jules Michelet
  15. Plumed Conceit himself surveying, Folly with her shadow playing, Purse- proud, elbowing Insolence, Bloated empiric, puffed Pretence, Noise that through a trumpet speaks, Laughter in loud peals that breaks, Intrusion with a fopling's face, Ignorant of time and place, Sparks of fire Dissension blowing, Ductile, court- bred Flattery, bowing, Restraint's stiff neck, Grimace's leer, Squint- eyed Censure's artful sneer, Ambition's buskins, steeped in blood, Fly thy presence, Solitude. – Specimens with Memoirs of the Less-known British Poets, Vol. 3 by George Gilfillan
  16. It requires the presence of a despicable empiric like myself, to make the Herr Philosopher aware that the sun is several hours high in the heavens. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  17. Mr. Lincoln, honest man of nature, perhaps an empiric, doctoring with innocent juices from herbs; but some others around him seem to be quacks of the first order. – Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862 by Adam Gurowski
  18. In those happy days, if a physician had given decoction of a certain bark, only because in numberless instances that decoction had been found to strengthen the patient, he would have been a miserable empiric. – A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) by Augustus de Morgan
  19. Thus, in crime, those things are of value to us which by an infinite series of empiric observations have been established and have become incontrovertible. – The Film Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve