en·​cy·​clo·​pe·​dist | \ in-ˌsī-klə-ˈpē-dist How to pronounce encyclopedist (audio) \

Definition of encyclopedist

1 : one who compiles or writes for an encyclopedia
2 often capitalized : one of the writers of a French encyclopedia (1751–80) who were identified with the Enlightenment and advocated deism and scientific rationalism

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Recent Examples on the Web The influential seventh-century encyclopedist Isidore of Seville used the adjective ‘obscenus’ to describe the love of prostitutes and those parts of the body that excite people to shameful acts. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Function and Language of Ancient Sexual Texts," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of encyclopedist

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Encyclopedist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encyclopedist. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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