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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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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philosopher-king definition

In the Republic by Plato, the ideal ruler, who has the virtue and wisdom of a philosopher.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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