Origin of philosopher
Examples from the Web for philosopher
“He was specifically interested in finding a philosopher to lead the project,” Sanger recalled.
The Greek philosopher did ethics and tragedy, sure—but he also invented science as we know it.
The philosopher once complained about young men whose desire for learning resembled their desire for a sun tan.The Ivy League Provides the Best Trade Schools Around|Nick Romeo|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The philosopher, Plato, linked Santorini with the mythical lost city of Atlantis that sank beneath the waves.
The Turing test is named for computer scientist, mathematician, logician, and philosopher Alan Turing.The AI That Wasn’t: Why ‘Eugene Goostman’ Didn’t Pass the Turing Test|Elizabeth Lopatto|June 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Had the busy 298manager followed or preceded the philosopher's footsteps, step by step, up through them all?The Shakespearean Myth|Appleton Morgan
And what is there in common between a shield and a philosopher's staff?
Is it surprising that, philosopher as he was, he should have given way to grief and despondency.Beacon Lights of History, Volume III|John Lord
Mr. Praisall, do you remember that old Whimsicall was all along a Philosopher?The Female Wits|Anonymous
He went to Athens and became a philosopher of the Cynic school, which see, as a disciple of Antisthenes.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4|Lucian of Samosata
British Dictionary definitions for philosopher
Word Origin and History for philosopher
from Old English philosophe, from Latin philosophus "philosopher," from Greek philosophos "philosopher, sage, one who speculates on the nature of things and truth," literally "lover of wisdom," from philos "loving" (see -phile) + sophos "wise, a sage" (see sophist). Modern form with -r appears early 14c., from an Anglo-French or Old French variant of philosophe, with an agent-noun ending.
Pythagoras was the first who called himself philosophos, instead of sophos, 'wise man,' since this latter term was suggestive of immodesty. [Klein]
Philosophy also was used of alchemy in Middle Ages, hence Philosophers' stone (late 14c., translating Medieval Latin lapis philosophorum, early 12c.), a reputed solid substance supposed by alchemists to change baser metals into gold or silver; also identified with the elixir and thus given the attribute of prolonging life indefinitely and curing wounds and disease. (French pierre philosophale, German der Stein der Weisen).