Origin of pataphysicsfrom French pataphysique, coined by Alfred Jarry, apparently altered from Classical Greek ta epi ta metaphysika, the (works) superimposed on the metaphysics: see metaphysics
nounused with a sing. verb
Origin of pataphysicsFrench pataphysique alteration of Greek ta epi ta metaphusika the (works) after the metaphysics ( pseudo-title of a work by Aristotle modeled on ta meta ta phusika the (works) after the Physics, Aristotle's Metaphysics ) epi after ; see epi- . metaphusika metaphysics ; see metaphysics .
French pataphysique, from Ancient Greek Ï„Î¬ á¼Ï€Î¯ Ï„Î¬ Î¼ÎµÏ„Î±Ï†Ï…ÏƒÎ¹ÎºÎ¬ (ta epi ta metaphusika), humorous alteration of the title of the work "Metaphysics" by Aristotle