Definition of pataphysics in English:
plural noun[usually treated as singular]
The branch of philosophy that deals with an imaginary realm additional to metaphysics.
- There were talks on physics, metaphysics, and pataphysics; readings of Jarry, Shakespeare, Beckett, Strindberg, Queneau, and Schwitters; performances of modern music and scientific film.
- Those who feel that obvious displays of intellectual prowess involving references to archaeology, pataphysics and other arcana have no place on a rock record may have trouble with this sort of thing.
- So, the only respectable branch of physics in which the Bogdanov's operate appears to be, umm… pataphysics.
1940s: from Greek ta epi ta metaphusika, literally 'the (works) imposed on the Metaphysics'. The concept was introduced by Alfred Jarry (1873–1907), French writer of the Absurd.
Definition of pataphysics in:
- US English dictionary