Definition of acousma in English:

acousma

(also akousma)

noun

  • In Pythagoreanism: any one of a collection of maxims, precepts, or propositions, often cryptic in nature, accepted on authority without supporting justification or proof. Frequently in plural Compare acousmatic.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Stanley (1625–1678), poet and classical scholar. Originally in plural from post-classical Latin acousmata or its etymon ancient Greek ἀκούσματα, plural of ἄκουσμα anything heard, rumour, report, oral instruction from ἀκούειν to hear + -μα.

Pronunciation:

acousma

/əˈkuːzmə/