clas·​si·​cist | \ ˈkla-sə-sist How to pronounce classicist (audio) \

Definition of classicist

1 : an advocate or follower of classicism
2 : a classical scholar

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classicistic \ ˌkla-​sə-​ˈsi-​stik How to pronounce classicistic (audio) \ adjective

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What would Plato have made of the classicist who appears destined to be Balliol’s fourth prime minister since 1900? The Economist, "What would Plato make of Boris Johnson?," 22 June 2019 The stylish introduction, by the classicist James Romm, is a joy to read, wearing its considerable learning lightly. A.e. Stallings, WSJ, "‘Characters’ Review: You Know the Types," 7 Dec. 2018 For the classicist, there is Brandon Maxwell’s Texan shirtdress; for the experimentalist, Sacai’s pleated-front top. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Living Coral Is the Pantone Color of the Year—Here’s How to Wear It," 7 Dec. 2018 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

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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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