method

method
\ \ [16] Method comes via French méthode and Latin methodus from Greek méthodos, which meant ‘pursuit’. It was a compound noun formed from the prefix metá- ‘after’ and hodósway, journey’ (found also in English episode, exodus, and period). ‘Pursuit’ of a particular objective gradually developed into a ‘procedure for attaining it’, the meaning which the word had when it reached English.
\ \ The derivative methodist [16], originally simply ‘someone who followed a particular method’, was first applied to the followers of John Wesley in the 18th century.
\ \ Cf.EPISODE, EXODUS, PERIOD

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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