Definition of philosopher noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɒsəfə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɑːsəfər//
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  1. 1 a person who studies or writes about philosophy the Greek philosopher Aristotle
  2. 2a person who thinks deeply about things He seems to be a bit of a philosopher.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from a variant of Old French philosophe, via Latin from Greek philosophos ‘lover of wisdom’, from philein ‘to love’ + sophos ‘wise’.Extra examples a talk by a distinguished moral philosopher the 17th-century Dutch philosopher Spinoza the great philosophers of ancient Greece He was a fine writer, historian and philosopher. Many of his followers regarded him as a true philosopher. She seems to be a bit of a philosopher. Was Marx a political, social or historical philosopher? We studied the writings of the Greek philosopher Aristotle. Whiteside was highly esteemed as an experimental philosopher.
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