(b) The inability of the philologist to train his pupils, even with the help of the ancients.
My world is wholly formed of words—so much of a philologist I have become!
It means that the philologist is in a difficulty; that the grammatical structure points one way and the vocabulary another.
Here Wolf, a philologist with historical instinct, was a pioneer.
Comparetti, an Italian philologist; his writings are numerous; b. 1835.
A philosopher and philologist, born in Hildesheim, studied in Gottingen and Kiel.
Henry Hoogeveen died; an eminent Dutch philologist, of great learning and industry.
He is a scholar, a philologist; he manages everything in the chteau.
He was, on the other hand, a philologist of the highest rank.
Wherever else the verdict of scholarship may err, the microscope of the philologist cannot err.
late 14c., "love of learning," from Latin philologia "love of learning, love of letters, love of study, literary culture," from Greek philologia "love of discussion, learning, and literature; studiousness," from philo- "loving" (see philo-) + logos "word, speech" (see logos).
Meaning "science of language" is first attested 1716 (philologue "linguist" is from 1590s; philologer "linguistic scholar" is from 1650s); this confusing secondary sense has not been popular in the U.S., where linguistics is preferred. Related: Philological.