philosophe

noun
phi·​lo·​sophe | \ ˌfē-lə-ˈzȯf How to pronounce philosophe (audio) \

Definition of philosophe

: one of the deistic or materialistic writers and thinkers of the 18th century French Enlightenment

Examples of philosophe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With some exceptions, the typical Enlightenment philosophe was an intellectual generalist, more a social or political critic than anything else. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021 The philosophe wondered what was left to unbelievers in the way of ethical guidelines. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, 15 Feb. 2019 In 18th-century France there were the philosophes, among them D’Alembert, Diderot, Voltaire, Helvétius. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, 22 Mar. 2019 Some of the French philosophes explicitly attributed human happiness to earthly possessions, material pleasure and successful social striving. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2018 If d’Herbelot was both respectful and systematic in his treatment of the Islamic world, Enlightenment philosophes were less so. Jacob Soll, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of philosophe

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for philosophe

French, literally, philosopher

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“Philosophe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/philosophe. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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