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pamphleteer

noun pam·phle·teer \ ˌpam(p)-flə-ˈtir \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of pamphleteer

:a writer of pamphlets attacking something or urging a cause

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First Known Use of pamphleteer

1614


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pamphleteer

verb

Definition of pamphleteer

intransitive verb
1 :to write and publish pamphlets
2 :to engage in partisan arguments indirectly in writings

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Did You Know?

Pamphlets, unbound printed publications with no covers or with paper covers, are published about all kinds of subjects, but our word pamphlet traces back to one particular document. It derives from the title of a short Latin love poem of the 12th century: Pamphilus, seu De Amore, which can be translated as "Pamphilus, or On Love." The name Pamphilus referred to a Greek god whose name means "loved by all." Following from this, the original pamphlets were short handwritten poems, tracts, or treatises, often consisting of several pages bound together. "Pamphleteer," which can be both a noun and a verb, combines "pamphlet" with the "-eer" suffix found in such words as "engineer" and "puppeteer."

First Known Use of pamphleteer

1698


PAMPHLETEER Defined for English Language Learners

pamphleteer

noun

Definition of pamphleteer for English Language Learners

  • : a person who writes pamphlets usually to support a cause or to criticize someone or something


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