American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A student of or specialist in philosophy.
- n. A person who lives and thinks according to a particular philosophy.
- n. A person who is calm and rational under any circumstances.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is devoted to the search for fundamental truth; in a restricted sense, one who is versed in or studies the metaphysical and moral sciences; a metaphysician. The application of the term to one versed in natural science or natural philosophy has become less common since the studies of physicists have been more specialized than formerly.
- n. One who conforms his life to the principles of philosophy, especially to those of the Stoical school; one who lives according to reason or the rules of practical wisdom.
- n. An alchemist: so called with reference to the search for the philosopher's stone.
- n. One who deals in any magic art.
- n. A person devoted to studying and producing results in philosophy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who philosophizes; one versed in, or devoted to, philosophy.
- n. 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.
- n. obsolete An alchemist.
- n. a specialist in philosophy
- n. a wise person who is calm and rational; someone who lives a life of reason with equanimity
- From Anglo-Norman or Middle French philosophe, from Latin philosophus, from Ancient Greek φίλος (philos, "beloved, loving") + σοφός (sophos, "wise"), from σοφία (sophia, "wisdom") + -er. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English philosophre, from alteration of Old French philosophe, from Latin philosophus, from Greek philosophos, lover of wisdom, philosopher : philo-, philo- + sophiā, knowledge, learning. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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