1Contemplation of the nature of things.
2In or with reference to the writings of John Ruskin: the perception of beauty as a moral faculty. Compare "theoretic".
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Christopher Marlowe (?1564–1593), playwright and poet. From post-classical Latin theoria and its etymon ancient Greek θεωρία action of viewing, contemplation.
nounAncient Greek History
A body of theors sent by a state to perform or participate in a religious rite or duty; a procession or journey made by such a body.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Plutarch's Lives. From ancient Greek θεωρία body of theors, embassy, specific sense development of ancient Greek θεωρία theory.