from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Academic disciplines, such as languages, literature, history, philosophy, mathematics, and science, that provide information of general cultural concern: "The term 'liberal arts' connotes a certain elevation above utilitarian concerns. Yet liberal education is intensely useful” ( George F. Will).
- n.pl. The disciplines comprising the trivium and quadrivium.
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- n. those areas of learning that require and cultivate general intellectual ability rather than technical skills; the humanities
- n. the trivium and the quadrivium
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- n. studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)
His birth was noble and illustrious, since he descended from the Anician family; his dignity was supported by an adequate patrimony in land and money; and these advantages of fortune were accompanied with liberal arts and decent manners, which adorn or imitate the inestimable gifts of genius and virtue.
- Min Liu, a 21-year-old liberal arts student at the New School in New York City, got a
One paper described an eighty-two-year-old university graduate as a “typical liberal arts major”—which means postgraduation, he moved back in with his parents.
My hero worship of Garland Waggoner was boundless and it made me want to follow him to Eureka, a liberal arts college owned by the Disciples of Christ that was located about 110 miles southeast of Dixon.
What is that, cried my father, to what is told us of Alphonsus Tostatus, who, almost in his nurse’s arms, learned all the sciences and liberal arts without being taught any one of them? —
When the Sultan had thus assured himself of his courtly breeding and bearing and his knowledge of the liberal arts and belles-lettres, he joyed with exceeding joy and invested him with a splendid robe of honour and promoted him to an office whereby he might better his condition.
Page 467, Volume 4 by not including them with the liberal arts of poetry and history, both of which demand reason and imagi - nation.
The liberal arts were divided into two parts: the quadrivium, the sciences, which concentrated on physical reality and included geometry, arithmetic, astronomy, and music; and the trivium, which included grammar, rhetoric, and dialectic.