[ fi-los-uh-fas-ter, fi-los-uh-fas-ter ]
/ fɪˌlɒs əˈfæs tər, fɪˈlɒs əˌfæs tər /


a person who has only a superficial knowledge of philosophy or who feigns a knowledge he or she does not possess.

Nearby words

  1. philomelides,
  2. philopena,
  3. philophobia,
  4. philoprogenitive,
  5. philos.,
  6. philosophe,
  7. philosopher,
  8. philosopher king,
  9. philosopher kings,
  10. philosopher's stone

Origin of philosophaster

1605–15; < Late Latin: a bit of a philosopher. See philosopher, -aster1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for philosophaster

  • The philosophaster's object was not to instruct, but to befool his hearers, as every page attests.

    The Basis of Morality|Arthur Schopenhauer