Definition of Eleatic in English:



  • Relating to Elea, an ancient Greek city in south-western Italy, or the school of philosophers that flourished there in about the 5th century BC, including Xenophanes, Parmenides, and Zeno.

    • ‘The original atomist theory was a response to the Eleatic school of Parmenides, Zeno, and Melissus of Samos.’
    • ‘Founder of the Eleatic school of philosophy, Xenophanes was a native of Colophon, and born about 570 BCE.’
    • ‘Parmenides was a Greek philosopher and poet, born of an illustrious family about BCE. 510, at Elea in Lower Italy, and is is the chief representative of the Eleatic philosophy.’
    • ‘That country was also the home of Eleatic doctrine of the One, called after the town of Elea, the headquarters of the school.’
    • ‘It is here that the Eleatic influence became visible.’


  • An Eleatic philosopher.

    • ‘The Eleatics, particularly Parmenides, appear to have been the first to do so.’
    • ‘The Eleatics, for example, had been compelled to deny that senses give one any access to the truth, since to the world of sense, with its multitude and change, they allowed only a phenomenal existence.’
    • ‘There are no eternally enduring substances; matter is just another such error as the God of the Eleatics.’
    • ‘While Plato may consider the objects of perception in some way inferior to the noêta, unlike the Eleatics, he does not dispute their existence.’
    • ‘Cosmopolitanism as an ideal in the West is conventionally regarded as a legacy of Stoicism, a movement of which Zeno of Citium, the Cypriot rather than the Eleatic, is conventionally regarded as the founder.’


Late 17th century from Latin Eleaticus, from Elea.