from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a pretender to philosophy; a petty or charlatan philosopher.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pretender to philosophy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pretender to philosophical knowledge; an incompetent philosopher.
Shylock chimes with the jewbaiting that followed the hanging and quartering of the queen's leech Lopez, his jew's heart being plucked forth while the sheeny was yet alive: _Hamlet_ and _Macbeth_ with the coming to the throne of a Scotch philosophaster with a turn for witchroasting.