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[sok-ruh-teez] /ˈsɒk rəˌtiz/
469?–399 b.c, Athenian philosopher.
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anti-Socrates, adjective Unabridged
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  • But why, instead of consulting us, do you not consult our friend Socrates about the education of the youths?

    Laches Plato
  • It was evident that Socrates had no more chance this day, and Maria changed the subject.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • He was one of the youngest of the Senate at the time of Socrates' arraignment.

    Concord Days A. Bronson Alcott
  • It is to this original nature of spirit that Socrates points his hearers.

  • Such men, Socrates reflected, were both unwise and confirmed in their folly through being unconscious of it.

    The Approach to Philosophy Ralph Barton Perry
British Dictionary definitions for Socrates


?470–399 bc, Athenian philosopher, whose beliefs are known only through the writings of his pupils Plato and Xenophon. He taught that virtue was based on knowledge, which was attained by a dialectical process that took into account many aspects of a stated hypothesis. He was indicted for impiety and corruption of youth (399) and was condemned to death. He refused to flee and died by drinking hemlock
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Socrates in Culture
Socrates [(sok-ruh-teez)]

An ancient Greek philosopher who was the teacher of Plato.

Note: Socrates said that an oracle of the gods had pronounced him the wisest of all people, because he knew how little he knew.
Note: The Socratic method of teaching proceeds by question and answer as opposed to lecture.
Note: When Socrates was an old man, the citizens of Athens condemned him to death, alleging that he denied the reality of the gods and corrupted the youth of Athens. Socrates calmly drank the poison he was given — hemlock — and died a noble death.
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