philosopher king

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The concept comes from Plato's Republic (circa 380 BCE), which discusses the ideal rulers of a city-state.


philosopher king (plural philosopher kings)

  1. A very wise ruler.
    • 1987, Stewart Flory, The Archaic Smile of Herodotus
      This philosopher king contrasts sharply with the cruel tyrant, who plays a memorable role in other parts of the Histories.