noun anom·a·list \-lə̇st\

Definition of anomalist



  1. :  an adherent of the view held by certain Greek grammarians of the 2d century b.c. that in language the connection between the word and the idea is arbitrary and based on convention alone —opposed to analogist

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Origin and Etymology of anomalist

perhaps from German, from anomal- + -ist

First Known Use: 1860

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a brief usually trivial fact

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