anom·​a·​list | \ -lə̇st \
plural -s

Definition of anomalist

: 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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First Known Use of anomalist

1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anomalist

perhaps from German, from anomal- + -ist

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“Anomalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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