Zetetic

by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Zetet’ic a. proceeding by inquiry; n. a seeker.

Word in the Wild: I’ve been combing the classifieds with zetetic zeal, but I still haven’t found that special someone.

Zetetic has a fascinating history of use beginning with the Zetetics who were followers of the sceptic school of philosophy in ancient Greece and extending to the Zetetical societies of the nineteenth century whose members held mystic beliefs. I wonder if it was those mystic Victorians who took the shine off this now-rare word for critical inquiry. Perhaps we newfangled zetetics can buff it up and put it back to work.

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