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philosopher kings Syllabification: phi·los·o·pher kings

Definition of philosopher kings in English:

plural noun

(In the political theory of Plato) the elite whose knowledge enables them to rule justly.
Example sentences
  • Scientific method was purported to be pure; its aim was to find abstract, universal truths ‘out there’ that could be brought back to enlighten the masses, like the philosopher king who returns to Plato's cave.
  • Abraham, the first hero of biblical myth, is the image of Plato's philosopher king - a powerful force in affairs of state whose major passion is for truth.
  • Henry was a great philosopher king, a student of Greek, Jewish and Arab learning.

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