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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Definitions for philosophaster

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

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Citations for philosophaster
Is it a fact that absence necessarily implies knowledge? What do you say to that, philosophaster? José Rizal, translated by Charles Derbyshire, The Reign of Greed, 1891
In an instant every Goth had followed his example: more than one following it up by dashing a bracelet or necklace into the face of some hapless philosophaster. Charles Kingsley, Hypatia: or, New Foes with an Old Face, 1853
Origin of philosophaster
Philosophaster came to English in the early 1600s from the Late Latin term of the same spelling.