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1. Academic disciplines, including literature, history, languages, philosophy, mathematics, and general sciences, viewed in contrast to professional and technical disciplines.
2. The disciplines comprising the trivium and quadrivium.
[Middle English, translation of Medieval Latin artēs liberālēs, the trivium and quadrivium : Latin artēs, pl. of ars, subject of study + līberālēs, pl. of līberālis, proper to free persons.]
(Education) the fine arts, humanities, sociology, languages, and literature. Often shortened to: arts
1. academic college courses providing general knowledge and comprising the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
2. (during the Middle Ages) studies comprising the quadrivium and trivium.
[1745–55; translation of Latin artēs līberālēs works befitting a free man]
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|Noun||1.||liberal arts - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences"|
discipline, field of study, subject area, subject field, bailiwick, subject, field, study - a branch of knowledge; "in what discipline is his doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"
neoclassicism - revival of a classical style (in art or literature or architecture or music) but from a new perspective or with a new motivation
classicalism, classicism - a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms; "classicism often derived its models from the ancient Greeks and Romans"
Romantic Movement, Romanticism - a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization; "Romanticism valued imagination and emotion over rationality"
English - the discipline that studies the English language and literature
history - the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings; "he teaches Medieval history"; "history takes the long view"
art history - the academic discipline that studies the development of painting and sculpture
chronology - the determination of the actual temporal sequence of past events
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
Occidentalism - the scholarly knowledge of western cultures and languages and people
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
literary study - the humanistic study of literature
library science - the study of the principles and practices of library administration
musicology - the scholarly and scientific study of music
Sinology - the study of Chinese history and language and culture
stemmatics, stemmatology - the humanistic discipline that attempts to reconstruct the transmission of a text (especially a text in manuscript form) on the basis of relations between the various surviving manuscripts (sometimes using cladistic analysis); "stemmatology also plays an important role in musicology"; "transcription errors are of decisive importance in stemmatics"
trivium - (Middle Ages) an introductory curriculum at a medieval university involving grammar and logic and rhetoric; considered to be a triple way to eloquence
quadrivium - (Middle Ages) a higher division of the curriculum in a medieval university involving arithmetic and music and geometry and astronomy