One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A school or other educational institution.
educational institution, centre of learningView synonyms
- ‘He calls his servant to bring a pickaxe, and get up on the phrontistery, and knock in the roof about their ears.’
- ‘I know where I am: in one of the famous Phrontisteries of Law and Justice.’
- ‘This brings me to a wider discussion about how universities should stop thinking they are money-making training enterprises, and should rather be phrontisteries that encourage creativity and innovation.’
- ‘To the phrontistery flocked some of the nation's leading young libertarians, including Smith and Gaskins.’
- ‘England's grand phrontisteries, seminaries and seed-plots of learning: Oxford and Cambridge.’
Early 17th century: from Greek phrontistērion, from phrontistēs ‘deep thinker’, from phrontizein ‘be thoughtful’, from phrontis ‘thought’.
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