An example of sophy is philosophy, which is a set of ideals, standards or beliefs used to describe behavior and thought.
Origin of -sophyfrom Classical Greek sophia, skill, wisdom
- ante 1557: Nicolas Grimald, “The death of Zoroas, an Egiptian AÅ¿tronomer, in firÅ¿t fight, that Alexander had with the PerÅ¿ians" in Songes and Sonnettes, page 121
- Turn thee to mee, in caÅ¿eManhod ther bee Å¿o much left in thy hert:Coom fight with mee: that on my helmet wearApolloes laurel, both for learnings laude,And eke for Martiall prayÅ¿e: that, in my Å¿hield,The Å¿euenfold Å¿ophie of Minerue contein:A match, more meet, Å¿ir king, than any here.
- 1588: John Harvey, A Discoursive Probleme Concerning Prophesies, page 10
- Who knoweth not the difference betweene...semblance, and assurance; docosophy, and sophy?
- Alternative spelling of Sophy (in the senses of “a Persian monarch" and “a personage").
- 1596: Henoch Clapham, A Briefe of the Bibles Historie Drawne into English Poesy, volume 2, page 127
- These Sophies finde with the Babe Iesus, onely Marie.
- 1610: Giles Fletcher the Younger, Christs Victorie, and Triumph in Heaven, and Earth, over, and after Death, first canto: “Christs Victorie in Heaven", stanza 82 (1838 republication)
- The Angels caroll'd loud their song of pecea,The cursed oracles were strucken dumb,To see their Shepherd, the poor shepherds press,To see their King, the kingly sophies come,And them to guide unto his Master's home,A star comes dancing up the orient,That springs for joy over the starry tent.Where gold to make their prince a crown they all present.
- ante 1635: Thomas Randolph, Poems: with The Muses Looking-Glasse; and Amyntas, page 3 (first manuscript dated 1638; 1875 republication)
- You that nothing haveLike Schollars but a Beard and Gowne, for meMay pass for good grand Sophies [...]
- 1639, July 16th: Bishop Robert Sanderson, The Ninth Sermon; delivered in Berwick, July, 16, 1639, Â§ 12 (1841 republication)
- It is no thanks then to us, that very children among us do believe and confess these high mysterious points, whereof Plato, and Aristotle, and all the other grand sophies among them were ignorant; since we owe our whole knowledge herein, not to our own natural sagacity or industry, wherein they were beyond most of us, but to divine and supernatural revelation.
- 1645: James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby?, “The Requiem or Libertie of an ImpriÅ¿oned RoyaliÅ¿t", verse 3; in The Great AÅ¿Å¿iÅ¿es Holden in ParnaÅ¿Å¿us by Apollo and His AÅ¿Å¿eÅ¿Å¿ovrs, pages 83-84
- I, while I wiÅ¿ht to bee Retir'd,Into the private room was turn'd;As if their wiÅ¿doms had conÅ¿pir'dA Salamander Å¿hould bee burn'd:And like thoÅ¿e Sophies who would drown a FiÅ¿hI am condemn'd to Å¿uffer what I wiÅ¿h.
- 1654: Richard Whitlock, Î–Ï‰Î¿Ï„Î¿Î¼Î¯Î±; or, Observations on the Present Manners of the English, page 47
- It were to be wisht their Ideas...were undisputable among the Sophies themselves in Physick.
- 1678: Samuel Butler, Hudibras, third part, first canto, lines 1,423-1,424 (1709 republication)
- Sir, (quo' the Voice) y' are no Å¿uch SophyAs you would have the World judge of ye.
- 1688: William Bates, The Harmony of the Divine Attributes, chapter V, page 75 (This quotation is taken from the third edition because, although the work was first published in 1674, this extract first appeared in that later edition; meanwhile, the specific page reference and link refer to an 1815 republication.)
- The apostle tells us, 1 Cor. 1. 23. that “Christ crucified was to the Jews a stumbling-block, and to the Gentiles foolishness." The grand Sophies of the world esteemed it absurd and unreasonable to believe, that he who was exposed to sufferings, could save others: but those who are called, discover that the doctrine of salvation, by the cross of Christ, which the world counted folly, ver. 24. is the great “wisdom of God," and most convenient for his end.
A back-formation from sophies, originally plurale tantum, but later attested in singular use (see the 1678 quotation), itself an irregular Anglicisation of the Latin sophÄ«, whence the English sophi; compare sophy.
- Obsolete spelling of sophi.
An irregular Anglicisation of sophi; compare sophy Â³.