Definition of schoolman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskuːlmən/

noun (plural schoolmen)

1A teacher in a university in medieval Europe.
Example sentences
  • Between 1 and 9 December 1916 there followed political manoeuvres of Byzantine complexity over which historians continue to dispute like so many medieval schoolmen.
  • In the summer of 1872 he read Duns Scotus, a medieval schoolman, for the first time.
  • Empiricists like Locke and rationalists like Newton lacked the rich ontology of Thomas Aquinas and the medieval schoolmen.
2A scholastic theologian.
Example sentences
  • For so long we have read the Bible in exegetical isolation from the gathered wisdom of the fathers, the schoolmen, and the reformers that we have become vulnerable to all kinds of aberrant ideas with alleged biblical support.
  • Their aim was to restate theology in the fresh language of the Bible rather than in what they regarded as the stale definitions of the schoolmen.
  • This question is the modern equivalent of the subtle debates of the schoolmen over angels dancing on the heads of pins - and no less vital to the intellectual life of the day.

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