Definition of Pyrrhonism in English:



  • 1The philosophy of Pyrrho.

    ‘Sextus is a key source of our knowledge of Pyrrhonism and is also said to have been a physician.’
    • ‘The Greeks, however, found no problem in interpreting Pyrrhonism in Greek terms.’
    • ‘The great subverter of Pyrrhonism or the excessive principles of scepticism is action, and employment, and the occupations of common life.’
    • ‘Rather than accepting life and its givens at face value, he refers to his Pyrrhonism, or skepticism, about the ways of the world.’
    • ‘According to Pyrrhonism, there are no finite truths in the world.’
    1. 1.1Philosophic doubt; skepticism.
      ‘the numbing Pyrrhonism of deconstructionism’
      • ‘Bayle's Pyrrhonism attacked the concepts of space, morality and rational theology as well.’
      • ‘Instead, Hume recommends a more moderate or Academic scepticism that tempers Pyrrhonism.’
      doubt, doubtfulness, dubiousness, a pinch of salt, lack of conviction



/ˈpirəˌniz(ə)m/ /ˈpɪrəˌnɪz(ə)m/