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 classicist (audio) \ adjective

Examples of classicist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The English classicist Bernard Knox, for example, identified three major virtues on display in the work. Joseph Loconte, National Review, 12 Sep. 2021 Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Victor Davis Hanson, Arkansas Online, 13 Sep. 2021 Myth-making is Marvel’s stock in trade, and almost any movie ascending out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at this point requires a classicist’s devotion to subtextual minutiae. John Anderson, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2021 Mu, a lawyer by day and a classicist at heart, wanted to lean into the old-timey details while adding an edge. Carly Olson, House Beautiful, 5 Aug. 2021 Distinctive, idiosyncratic, slightly rebellious—as if a classicist has gone rogue. Robb Report, 5 Aug. 2021 Adam Kirsch, in his essay on the classicist Milman Parry’s studies of Homer, is too quick to conclude that the Iliad and the Odyssey were produced by the oral tradition rather than created by individual poets (Books, June 14th). The New Yorker, 28 June 2021 As classicist Jeffrey Becker explains for Khan Academy, Roman homes usually contained multiple rooms, including a central atrium, bedchambers and a dining area. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Feb. 2021 The Yale historian and classicist provides timeless insight into conflicts ranging from antiquity to the mid-20th century. WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021

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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 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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