Definition of Empedoclean in English:

Empedoclean

adjective

  • Of, relating to, or reminiscent of Empedocles or his philosophy, especially the idea that earth, air, fire, and water are the four ‘roots’ or elements of all material reality, and that these are acted upon by the opposing forces of love and strife.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Hugh Broughton (1549–1612), divine and Hebraist. From the name of Empedocles (classical Latin Empedoclēs, ancient Greek Ἐμπεδοκλῆς), Greek philosopher (490–430 b.c.) + -an.

Pronunciation

Empedoclean

/ɛmˌpɛdəˈkliːən/