clas·​si·​cist ˈkla-sə-sist How to pronounce classicist (audio)
: an advocate or follower of classicism
: a classical scholar
classicistic adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Explanations for a phenomenon of this magnitude abound: in 1984, the German classicist Alexander Demandt catalogued more than 200 hypotheses. Kyle Harper, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2017 Bianco was born in London in the summer of 1881, the daughter of a barrister who was also a distinguished classicist. Vulture, 8 Nov. 2022 Julie Hruby, a classicist at Dartmouth College who has studied ancient fingerprints, sees the value of employing forensics (defined broadly as using scientific methods or expertise to investigate crimes or examine evidence) to examine antiquities. Hillel Kuttler, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Dec. 2022 Law Roach era also suggests a glamour out of time, a woman who survived with a classicist’s commitment to beauty. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Nov. 2022 Poussin plays an outsize role in a number of major works that respond to the French Baroque classicist’s elaborate paintings, which are based on ancient religious and mythological stories. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2022 To even the most devoted classicist, however, there are challenges in redefining such a storied space. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 4 Aug. 2022 This was Saint-Saëns the careful classicist, Saint-Saëns the stargazer; Saint-Saëns the traveler listening to others’ music, not expressing his own ego. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Peter Brook was called many other things: a maverick, a romantic, a classicist., 3 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of classicist was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Classicist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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