Philosopher vs Philosophaster - What's the difference?

philosopher | philosophaster |


As nouns the difference between philosopher and philosophaster

is that philosopher is a person devoted to studying and producing results in philosophy while philosophaster is a pretender to philosophy; a petty or charlatan philosopher.

philosopher

English

Alternative forms

* phylosopher (nonstandard)

Noun

(en noun)
  • A person devoted to studying and producing results in philosophy.
  • * 2007 , (Harold Bloom), Bloom's Modern Critical Views: Stephen King
  • *:Their playwrights knew better. Scandal, murder, hair-rending and railing against the gods sold tickets. King is not a philosopher . He knows how to sell tickets.
  • * 1813 , (Jane Austen), (Pride and Prejudice)
  • *:This is not the sort of happiness which a man would in general wish to owe to his wife; but where other powers of entertainment are wanting, the true philosopher will derive benefit from such as are given.
  • (obsolete) An alchemist.
  • (Chaucer)

    Antonyms

    * nonphilosopher

    References

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    philosophaster

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • a pretender to philosophy; a petty or charlatan philosopher.
  • Synonyms

    * philosophe

    See also

    * criticaster * medicaster * poetaster * theologaster ----