- From the Latin sophī, the nominative plural form of sophus, from the Ancient Greek σοφός (sophos). (Wiktionary)
“That is an option if you would like to go. sophi says:”
“I propose to conduct you to court, there you shall meet with a favorable reception; the sophi loves the sciences.”
“Four eunuchs carried him to the place appointed for the ceremony through the midst of a double file of soldiers, while the trumpets sounded, the cannon fired, and the bells of all the mosques9 of Ispahan jingled; the sophi was already there, accompanied by his principal officers and most distinguished personages of his court.”
“The sophi then came to assist him in person, and not only gave him his hand to kiss, according to the custom, but likewise honored him with a great blow of his fist on his mouth.”
“Candide had apartments assigned him in the palace; he had slaves to wait on him; he was dressed in magnificent clothes, and the sophi commanded that whatever he should say, no one should dare to assert that he was wrong.”
“His baggage, camels, slaves, white and black eunuchs, with thirty-six women which the sophi had given him for his use, all became the prey of the conqueror.”
“The excessive favors which the sophi had heaped on him served but to increase the storm ready to burst upon his head.”
“He painted to him in such lively colors the present state of his soul, that Ed-Ivan, greatly affected with it, obtained permission of the sophi that Candide should resign his employments.”
“He took his leave of the sophi and departed for Sus, the capital of his province.”
“The opinion of the ancient sophi in Greece respecting the life of men after death, n.”
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