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Of or belonging to Parmenides; relating to or characteristic of his philosophy that everything in existence is but a manifestation of a single eternal reality.
A follower or supporter of Parmenides, or an adherent of his philosophy. rare.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Ralph Cudworth (1617–1688), philosopher and theologian. From the name of Parmenides (ancient Greek Παρμενίδης, classical Latin Parmenidēs) of Elea in Southern Italy, a Greek philosopher of the 5th cent. b.c. + -an.
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