One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An expert in or student of philosophy; = "philosopher". rare.
2Usually derogatory. An adherent or practitioner of what is held to be erroneous speculation or philosophy; especially an adherent of any rationalist or sceptical philosophical system.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in George Puttenham (1529–?1591), writer and literary critic. From philosophy + -ist.
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