Meaning of acousma in English:


Pronunciation /əˈkuːzmə/


(also akousma)
  • In Pythagoreanism: any one of a collection of maxims, precepts, or propositions, often cryptic in nature, accepted on authority without supporting justification or proof.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Stanley (1625–1678), poet and classical scholar. Originally in plural from post-classical Latin acousmata or its etymon ancient Greek ἀκούσματα, plural of ἄκουσμα anything heard, rumour, report, oral instruction from ἀκούειν to hear + -μα.