469?–399 b.c., Athenian philosopher.

Related formsan·ti-Soc·ra·tes, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • "The name of Socrates recalls Alcibiades to my mind," rejoined Anaxagoras.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Again what city ever received Plato's or Aristotle's laws, or Socrates' precepts?

    The Praise of Folly

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • Socrates said, “Let him that would move the world move first himself.  ”


    Samuel Smiles

  • And had he not quoted Socrates in that last paragraph, it would have been expunged.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • The main discussion is carried on by Socrates, Glaucon, and Adeimantus.

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



An ancient Greek philosopher who was the teacher of Plato.


Socrates said that an oracle of the gods had pronounced him the wisest of all people, because he knew how little he knew.


The Socratic method of teaching proceeds by question and answer as opposed to lecture.


When Socrates was an old man, the citizens of Athens (see also 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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