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philosopher

noun phi·los·o·pher \fə-ˈlä-s(ə-)fər\

: a person who studies ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc. : a person who studies philosophy

Full Definition of PHILOSOPHER

1
a :  a person who seeks wisdom or enlightenment :  scholar, thinker
b :  a student of philosophy
2
a :  a person whose philosophical perspective makes meeting trouble with equanimity easier
b :  an expounder of a theory in a particular area of experience
c :  one who philosophizes
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Origin of PHILOSOPHER

Middle English philosophe, philosophre, from Anglo-French, from Latin philosophus, from Greek philosophos, from phil- + sophia wisdom, from sophos wise
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism
PHILOSOPHER Defined for Kids

philosopher

noun phi·los·o·pher \fə-ˈlä-sə-fər\

Definition of PHILOSOPHER for Kids

1
:  a person who studies ideas about knowledge, right and wrong, reasoning, and the value of things
2
:  a person who takes misfortunes with calmness and courage

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