- liberal arts late 14c., translating L. artes liberales; the seven attainments directed to intellectual enlargement, not immediate practical purpose, and thus deemed worthy of a free man (LIBERAL (Cf. liberal) in this sense is opposed to servile or mechanical). They were divided into the trivium -- grammar, logic, rhetoric -- and the quadrivium -- arithmetic, geometry, music, astronomy.
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