Definitions for philosopherfɪˈlɒs ə fər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

phi•los•o•pherfɪˈlɒs ə fər(n.)

  1. a person who offers views or theories on profound questions in ethics, metaphysics, logic, and other related fields.

    Category: Philosphy

  2. a person who is deeply versed in philosophy.

    Category: Philosphy

  3. a person who establishes the central ideas of some movement, cult, etc.

    Category: Philosphy

  4. a person who regulates his or her life by the light of philosophy or reason.

    Category: Philosphy

  5. a person who is sensibly calm or rational, esp. under trying circumstances.

Origin of philosopher:

1300–50; ME philosophre < AF; MF philosophe < L philosophus < Gk philósophos

Princeton's WordNet

  1. philosopher(noun)

    a specialist in philosophy

  2. philosopher(noun)

    a wise person who is calm and rational; someone who lives a life of reason with equanimity

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. philosopher(noun)ɪˈlɒs ə fər

    sb who studies philosophy

    Plato, Socrates, and other great philosophers.

Wiktionary

  1. philosopher(Noun)

    A person devoted to studying and producing results in philosophy.

    Philosophers spend a lot of time thinking, and less time living.

  2. Origin: From or philosophe, from philosophus, from φίλος + σοφός, from σοφία + -er.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Philosopher(noun)

    one who philosophizes; one versed in, or devoted to, philosophy

  2. Philosopher(noun)

    one who reduces the principles of philosophy to practice in the conduct of life; one who lives according to the rules of practical wisdom; one who meets or regards all vicissitudes with calmness

  3. Philosopher(noun)

    an alchemist

Freebase

  1. Philosopher

    A philosopher is a person with an extensive knowledge of philosophy who uses this knowledge in their work, typically to solve philosophical problems. Philosophy is concerned with studying the subject matter of fields such as aesthetics, ethics, epistemology, logic, metaphysics, as well as social philosophy and political philosophy. There is a sense in which every human being is a philosopher, if they accept a very humanistic and generous interpretation. This is to say that every human being has a unique contribution of ideas to the society. However, a more generally accepted interpretation in academia is that a philosopher is one who has attained a Ph.D. in philosophy, teaches philosophy, has published literature in a field of philosophy in a peer-reviewed journal, or is widely accepted by other philosophers as a philosopher.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. philosopher

    One who thinks in order to believe; one who formulates his prejudices and systematizes his ignorance.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. PHILOSOPHER

    One who instead of crying over spilt milk consoles himself with the thought that it was over four-fifths water.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'philosopher' in Nouns Frequency: #2617


Translations for philosopher

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

philosopher(noun)

a person who studies philosophy, especially one who develops a particular set of theories

Rousseau was a famous philosopher.

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