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philosopher king

noun
1.
the Platonic ideal of a ruler, philosophically trained and enlightened.
Origin of philosopher king
1920-1925
First recorded in 1920-25
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the idea that the wisest person should be the ruler of a country

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from Plato

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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
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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