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A'cademy. n.s. [anciently, and properly, with the accent on the first syllable, now frequently on the second. Academia, Lat. from Academus of Athens, whose house was turned into a school, from whom the Groves of Academe in Milton.]

  1. An assembly or society of men, uniting for the promotion of some art.

    Our court shall be a little academy,
    Still and contemplative in living arts.
    Shak. Love's Lab. Lost.

  2. The place where sciences are taught.

    Amongst the academies, which were composed by the rare genius of those great men, these four are reckoned as the principal; namely, the Athenian school, that of Sicyon, that of Rhodes, and that of Corinth. Dryden's Dufresnoy.

  3. An university.

  4. A place of education, in contradistinction to the universities or public schools.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost (33)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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