Synonyms for philosopher

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"I never saw a philosopher that dressed so well as Plato," said Eudora.

The company smiled, and the philosopher answered, "I am Plato."

"I mean the philosopher, who teaches in the groves of Academus," continued he.

The philosopher was too deeply impressed to return to the festivities of Olympia.

We talked of progress; but progress, like the philosopher's stone, could not be easily attained.

"You are too much of a philosopher for me, Miss Raymount," said Vavasor with a smile.

It is a spectacle that may inspire the philosopher no less than the artist.

Be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man.

For she, too, is a philosopher, and is therefore just as free from prejudices as we are.

We call him the Philosopher, a nickname folks have given him in the neighbourhood.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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).

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nounintellectual, very smart person
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