philosopher king

the Platonic ideal of a ruler, philosophically trained and enlightened.

1920–25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Main Entry:  philosopher king1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an elite or wise person whose knowledge enables them to rule justly
Etymology:  from Plato
Main Entry:  philosopher king2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the idea that the wisest person should be the ruler of a country
Etymology:  from Plato's 21st Century Lexicon
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When you are a philosopher king, you understand what is best for everyone in the world.
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