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  • adj. Teaching wisdom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Teaching wisdom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or teaching wisdom; sapiential.
  • Relating to the philosophic opinions of man, including the beliefs of primitive tribes.


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From Ancient Greek σοφός (sophos, "skilled, wise") + English -ic.


  • These questions were not merely of technical philo - sophic interest.


  • Dante as the poet who synthesized previous philo - sophic, literary, and popular ideas brings a vast eclec - ticism into the concepts of Fortune, Fate, and Chance.


  • Some belong to the literature of whimsy and escape, others to science fiction, a considerable number to satire, and many to that ill-defined genre, the philo - sophic tale.


  • The Hindu conception of deity combines, or rather comprises, two distinctive traditions, which might be conveniently designated the “popular” and the “philo - sophic.”

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Although there are other such vestiges of pre-philo - sophic ideas among earliest Greek philosophers, Greek philosophy's formal beginnings succeeded in making considerable advances beyond this style of thought.


  • This view developed as a result of two things; first, the publica - tion in 1932 of Marx's manuscripts written in 1844 before Marx had become a Marxist (on the other two views), which the editors entitled Economic and Philo - sophic Manuscripts, and second, the revolt against


  • It might be thus congenial for one period of history to be imbued with a religious world outlook, yet this world outlook is superseded by another spirit of the time which is scientific or philo - sophic and thus overcomes the limitations and the validity of the religious world outlook.


  • This concept suggests that all metals are composed of different proportions of a sophic sulphur and a sophic mercury.


  • As a philo - sophic theory and world view, it was a tradition de - scending from ancient Epicureanism, and opposed to mysticism, Platonism, and metaphysical dualism.


  • The superior philo - sophic capacity of the guardians or rulers would enable them to ignore the demands of appetite; their role would require that they be disinterested in all but the dispensing of justice.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas


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