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Taoism Tweet Definition of Taoism Like Definition of Taoism on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a Chinese mystical philosophy traditionally founded by Lao-tzu in the 6th century B.C. that teaches conformity to the Tao by unassertive action and simplicity
  2. a religion developed from Taoist philosophy and folk and Buddhist religion and concerned with obtaining long life and good fortune often by magical means
teleology Tweet Definition of teleology Like Definition of teleology on Facebook
noun (teleolog, ies)
  1. The study of the purpose of natural occurrences.
  2. The use of a non-natural purpose to explain an occurrence.
theorem Tweet Definition of theorem Like Definition of theorem on Facebook
noun
  1. (mathematics) A mathematical statement of some importance that has been proven to be true. Minor theorems are often called propositions. Theorems which are not very interesting in themselves but are an essential part of a bigger theorem's proof are called lemmas
  2. (mathematics, colloquially, incorrectly) A mathematical statement that is expected to be true; as, w:Fermat's Last Theorem, Fermat's Last Theorem (as which it was known long before it was proved in the 1990s.)
thesis Tweet Definition of thesis Like Definition of thesis on Facebook
noun (theses)
  1. A statement supported by arguments.
  2. A written essay submitted for a university degree.
thingness Tweet Definition of thingness Like Definition of thingness on Facebook
noun
  1. The quality of a material thing; objectivity; actuality; reality.
trope Tweet Definition of trope Like Definition of trope on Facebook
noun
  1. A figure of speech, such as a metaphor, in which a word or phrase is used other than in a literal manner
  2. (music) A short cadence at the end of the melody in some early music
  3. (music) A phrase or verse added to the mass when sung by a choir
  4. (Judaism) A cantillation
  5. (literature) Something recurring across a genre or type of literature, such as the 'mad scientist' of horror or 'once upon a time' introduction to fairytales. Similar to a Cliché, but is not necessarily pejorative.
verb (trop, ed)
  1. To use, or embellish something with a trope

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