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philosopher king

the Platonic ideal of a ruler, philosophically trained and enlightened.
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First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for philosopher kings

philosopher kings

plural noun
(in the political theory of Plato) the elite whose education has given them true knowledge of the Forms and esp of the Form of the Good, thus enabling them alone to rule justly
(informal) any ideologically motivated elite
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Contemporary definitions for philosopher kings

the idea that the wisest person should be the ruler of a country

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from Plato's 21st Century Lexicon
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