MEANING: verb intr.: To philosophize or speculate in the manner of Pythagoras or the Pythagoreans.
verb tr.: To convert (a person or thing) into another.

ETYMOLOGY: After Pythagoras, Greek philosopher (c. 570-495 BCE). Earliest documented use: 1603.

NOTES: Pythagoras is best known for the Pythagorean theorem, although it was widely known before him. Pythagoras was ultimately a philosopher with wide interests and had many followers. He also believed in the transmigration of the soul which resulted in the second sense of the word pythagorize.

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MYTHAGORIZE - to sort out the shenanigans of the denizens of Mount Olympus

PYTHAGONIZE - to be in great distress over the white part of an orange rind

PHTHAGORIZE - to spread tuberculosis through the Greek marketplace