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n. pl. triv·i·a (-ē-ə)
The lower division of the seven liberal arts in medieval schools, consisting of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.

[Medieval Latin, from Latin, crossroads : tri-, tri- + via, road; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -ia (-ɪə)
(Historical Terms) (in medieval learning) the lower division of the seven liberal arts, consisting of grammar, rhetoric, and logic. Compare quadrivium
[C19: from Medieval Latin, from Latin: crossroads; see trivial]
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(ˈtrɪv i əm)

(during the Middle Ages) the lower division of the seven liberal arts, comprising grammar, rhetoric, and logic. Compare quadrivium.
[1795–1805; < Medieval Latin; Latin: place where three roads meet]
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in the Middle Ages, one of the two divisions of the seven liberal arts, comprising logic, grammar, and rhetoric. See also quadrivium.
See also: Knowledge, Learning
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trivium - (Middle Ages) an introductory curriculum at a medieval university involving grammar and logic and rhetoric; considered to be a triple way to eloquence
arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences"
Dark Ages, Middle Ages - the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
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