phi·​los·​o·​pher | \fə-ˈlä-s(ə-)fər \

Definition of philosopher 

1a : a person who seeks wisdom or enlightenment : scholar, thinker

b : a student of philosophy

2a : 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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Because Charles was a psychologist, a psychologist, a philosopher, a historian, a giant of an intellect as everyone said. Fox News, "Dana Perino on learning from Charles Krauthammer," 22 June 2018 Embedded within me is the DNA, experience and knowledge of every one of my ancestors who came before me: warriors, scholars, poets, philosophers, musicians, Kings and Queens. Ebonee Davis, Harper's BAZAAR, "Model Ebonee Davis on How Suffering Leads to Power," 3 Nov. 2017 The numerology most frequently practiced today is based on the teachings of the ancient Greek philosopher, Pythagoras. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 2018 The tragedy is not just that Manne is right, but that pointing out the obvious moral and ethical sinkholes in Peterson’s grab-bag of resentful bromides should merit a two-page review by one of the greatest feminist philosophers of her generation. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 It's been discussed since the dawn of cosmonotics since the great philosophers and visionaries at the end of 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Fox News, "Watters' Words: The lying left," 24 June 2018 Critics, scholars, philosophers, poets, journalists, and chatty amateurs have all had a go at the Swiss master of the skinny sublime. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Giacometti’s Skinny Sublimity," 6 June 2018 Such questions have occupied not only ordinary humans through the ages but also philosophers and, later, scientists. Madhusree Mukerjee, Scientific American, "The Biggest Questions in Science," 8 May 2018 Who watches YouTube philosophers favored by alt-right Reddit and who has repeatedly expressed his desire to produce Yeezys for every man, woman, and child? Liz Raiss, GQ, "Kanye West Has New Ye Merch You Can, Unbelievably, Still Buy," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of philosopher

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for philosopher

Middle English philosophe, philosophre, from Anglo-French, from Latin philosophus, from Greek philosophos, from phil- + sophia wisdom, from sophos wise

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English Language Learners Definition of philosopher

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


phi·​los·​o·​pher | \fə-ˈlä-sə-fər \

Kids Definition of philosopher

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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