encyclopedist

noun

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

Examples of encyclopedist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Caldwell says that while there’s scant textual evidence that describes actual surgical procedures from before Imperial Rome, the first-century-C.E. encyclopedist Aulus Cornelius Celsus does describe operations such as cutting for bladder stones and amputating limbs. Elizabeth Heath, Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2024 The Roman encyclopedist Celsus wrote in his treatise De Medicina about the pain felt after drinking wine, while six centuries later, Paul of Aegina mentioned that drinking wine could trigger a headache. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 Nov. 2023 And in ancient Rome, the encyclopedist Aulus Cornelius Celsus documented a procedure whereby excess skin around patients' eyes was surgically removed. CNN, 30 May 2021 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, 4 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of encyclopedist was in 1651

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“Encyclopedist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encyclopedist. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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