One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Speculate or theorize about fundamental or serious issues, especially in a tedious or pompous way.‘he paused for a while to philosophize on racial equality’
theorize, moralize, sermonize, pontificate, preachView synonyms
- ‘We cultivate a simple direct relationship with our being-no philosophizing, no moralizing, no judgments.’
- ‘A lot of feminism seems to be about philosophising the whole movement, talks about theory and not much action.’
- ‘But Marin is unconvincing when he pontificates or philosophizes.’
- ‘It is easy to philosophise about money, particularly by those who don't have it.’
- ‘You've been philosophizing about your mortality a bit too much lately, and that's a sure sign of a much-needed vacation.’
- 1.1with object Explain or argue (a point or idea) in terms of one's philosophical theories.
- ‘Harry philosophizes a bit more: he says that good is following one's own nature, rather than the nature of other people.’
- ‘A master of style often imitated, in his lost work he philosophized that nothing exists; but if something exists, it couldn't be known; and even if it could be known, it couldn't be communicated.’
- ‘He philosophized that the body has much in common with a machine, and should function properly if it is sound.’
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