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[hey-gey-lee-uh n, hi-jee-] /heɪˈgeɪ li ən, hɪˈdʒi-/

of, relating to, or characteristic of or his philosophical system.
a person who accepts the philosophical principles of .
an authority or expert on the writings of .

1838, pertaining to German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831). As a noun from 1843.


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