philosopher king



the Platonic ideal of a ruler, philosophically trained and enlightened.

Nearby words

  1. philoprogenitive,
  2. philos.,
  3. philosophaster,
  4. philosophe,
  5. philosopher,
  6. philosopher kings,
  7. philosopher's stone,
  8. philosopher-king,
  9. philosophers' stone,
  10. philosophes

Origin of philosopher king

First recorded in 1920–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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In the Republic by Plato, the ideal ruler, who has the virtue and wisdom of a philosopher.

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