- a person who relies solely on practical experience rather than on scientific principles
- Archaic a charlatan; quack
Origin of empiricClassical Latin empiricus from Classical Greek empeirikos, experienced from empeiria, experience from en-, in + peira, a trial, experiment: see fare
- One who is guided by practical experience rather than precepts or theory.
- An unqualified or dishonest practitioner; a charlatan.
Origin of empiricLatin empīricus from Greek empeirikos experienced from empeiros skilled en- in ; see en- 2. peirān to try ( from peira try, attempt ; see per-3 in Indo-European roots.)
From Old French empirique, from Latin empiricus, from Ancient Greek ἐμπειρικός (empeirikos, “experienced”), from ἐμπειρία (empeiria, “experience, mere experience or practice without knowledge, especially in medicine, empiricism”), from ἔμπειρος (empeiros, “experienced or practised in”), from ἐν (en, “in”) + πεῖρα (peira, “a trial, experiment, attempt”).