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

Examples of classicist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Study author Debby Sneed, a classicist at California State University, Long Beach, developed her theory by visiting dozens of archaeological sites across Greece. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, "Did the Ancient Greeks Design Temples With Accessibility in Mind?," 23 July 2020 And the papyrologist who worked out its first-century date had to be the world-renowned classicist Dirk Obbink. Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, "A Mystery at Oxford," 13 May 2020 Harrison moved to Mecklenburgh Square in 1926 at 75, after leaving an illustrious but embattled career as a classicist at Cambridge. New York Times, "The Power Women of Mecklenburgh Square," 7 Apr. 2020 In one corner stands the National Museum (not to be confused with the National Palace Museum), built in 1908 by the Japanese in a grandiose, European classicist style. Ian Buruma, Harper's Magazine, "Common Enemy," 23 Nov. 2019 The British Museum’s appointment of classicist Mary Beard as a trustee, overriding Downing Street’s veto, is now official. Fortune, "What kids think about working at home alongside their parents," 30 Mar. 2020 According to the classicist Jan Bremmer, rituals like this took place throughout the Greco-Roman world. Candida Moss, The Conversation, "Ancient Greeks purged city-states of disease as they would a human body – and it was the most vulnerable that suffered," 23 Mar. 2020 Mary Beard, the Cambridge University classicist and reigning authority on Roman history, dismissed the finding out of hand. New York Times, "Here Lies the Skull of Pliny the Elder, Maybe," 14 Feb. 2020 The British Museum nominated famed classicist Mary Beard as a trustee of the institution. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Female founders got more funding than ever in 2019. But still less than WeWork took in.," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of classicist

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Classicist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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