clas·​si·​cist | \-sist \

Definition of classicist 

1 : an advocate or follower of classicism

2 : a classical scholar

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classicistic \ ˌkla-​sə-​ˈsis-​tik \ adjective

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They’re classicist in many ways, but they’re executed in the modern styles of computer animation. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Hotel Transylvania’s blockbuster success, explained in one giant dog and one tiny hat," 13 July 2018 This is the first ballet in which Mr. Peck, so accomplished in the larger structural logistics of choreography, convincingly shows himself a modern classicist. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "New York City Ballet Is in Limbo, but in Bloom," 31 May 2018 That’s because, as Harvard classicist Gregory Nagy points out, the oral tradition of these poems was not a matter of rote memorization. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Oldest Greek Fragment of Homer Discovered on Clay Tablet," 11 July 2018 In fact, just last year the first English translation of the story by a female classicist was published. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Oldest Greek Fragment of Homer Discovered on Clay Tablet," 11 July 2018 The Coronation of Napoleon and the work of Jacques-Louis David Bey and Jay clearly have a thing for French neo-classicists. Peter Mikelbank,, "Inside Beyoncé and JAY-Z's 'Apes—': A Guide to All the Art in the Epic Music Video," 20 June 2018 What follows is a series of lengthy arguments pitting Barbara's pious do-gooderism, Adolphus' classicist socialism and Stephen's Tory snobbery against Andrew's worship of money, influence and gunpowder. Ben Waterhouse,, "Shaw's 'Major Barbara' shows its age at Portland Center Stage," 23 Apr. 2018 By comparison, Hopkins’s version of minimalism marks him as a classicist, whose musical experiments often find elegant ways to update the old templates of house and techno. Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker, "An Electronic Soundtrack for Spiritual Awakening," 23 Apr. 2018 The eminent University of Cambridge classicist, who has almost 200,000 Twitter followers, was distraught after receiving a storm of abuse online. Gaia Vince, CNN, "Why nice people become mean online," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of classicist

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of classicist

: an expert in ancient Greek and Roman language, literature, art, architecture, or culture

: someone who prefers a traditional and usually graceful and simple style in art, literature, music, architecture, etc. : a person who favors classicism

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