the Platonic ideal of a ruler, philosophically trained and enlightened.
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Origin of philosopher king
First recorded in 1920–25
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Cultural definitions for philosopher king
In the Republic by Plato, the ideal ruler, who has the virtue and wisdom of a philosopher.
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