One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who loves or vehemently propounds his or her own opinions; a dogmatic or argumentative person.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Florio (1553–1625), author and teacher of languages. From French philodoxe and its etymon ancient Greek ϕιλόδοξος loving belief or opinion (Plato) from ϕιλο- + δόξα opinion, glory.
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