classicist

noun
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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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, PEOPLE.com, "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, OregonLive.com, "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 Anne Emery sometimes worked that same earnest side of the street, notably in her four-novel account of Dinny Gordon, a budding classicist. Joanne Kaufman, New York Times, "For the Love of Malt Shop Novels," 5 Jan. 2018 Hughes, equally well known in Britain for her popular historical documentaries, gives us an even heftier opus written with a classicist’s linguistic precision. Lawrence Osborne, New York Times, "A City Where East Meets West and the Past Is Always Present," 4 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of classicist

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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classicist

noun

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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