Philosopher

Phi*los"o*pher

(?), n. [OE. philosophre, F. philosophe, L. philosophus, Gr. ; loving + wise. Cf. Philosophy.] 1. One who philosophizes; one versed in, or devoted to, philosophy.
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Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics, encountered him.
Acts xvii. 18.
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2. One who reduces the principles of philosophy to practice in the conduct of life; one who lives according to the rules of practical wisdom; one who meets or regards all vicissitudes with calmness.
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3. An alchemist. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Philosopher's stone, an imaginary stone which the alchemists formerly sought as instrument of converting the baser metals into gold.
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Phil`o*soph"ic

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Phil`o*soph"ic*al

(?), } a. [L. philosophicus: cf. F. philosophique.] Of or pertaining to philosophy; versed in, or imbued with, the principles of philosophy; hence, characterizing a philosopher; rational; wise; temperate; calm; cool. -- Phil`o*soph"ic*al*ly, adv.
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