pamphleteer

noun
pam·​phle·​teer | \ ˌpam(p)-flə-ˈtir How to pronounce pamphleteer (audio) \

Definition of pamphleteer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a writer of pamphlets attacking something or urging a cause

pamphleteer

verb
pamphleteered; pamphleteering; pamphleteers

Definition of pamphleteer (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

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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 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.

Examples of pamphleteer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now Corliss Lamont, an American pamphleteer, challenged the law. Anupam Chander, Wired, 21 Sep. 2020 When recounting the music of the Revolutionary period, Meacham and McGraw mostly make do with repurposed hymns; poets, and pamphleteers like Thomas Paine, held far greater sway than did songwriters. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2019 When recounting the music of the Revolutionary period, Meacham and McGraw mostly make do with repurposed hymns; poets, and pamphleteers like Thomas Paine, held far greater sway than did songwriters. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2019 When recounting the music of the Revolutionary period, Meacham and McGraw mostly make do with repurposed hymns; poets, and pamphleteers like Thomas Paine, held far greater sway than did songwriters. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2019 When recounting the music of the Revolutionary period, Meacham and McGraw mostly make do with repurposed hymns; poets, and pamphleteers like Thomas Paine, held far greater sway than did songwriters. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2019 When recounting the music of the Revolutionary period, Meacham and McGraw mostly make do with repurposed hymns; poets, and pamphleteers like Thomas Paine, held far greater sway than did songwriters. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2019 When recounting the music of the Revolutionary period, Meacham and McGraw mostly make do with repurposed hymns; poets, and pamphleteers like Thomas Paine, held far greater sway than did songwriters. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2019 When recounting the music of the Revolutionary period, Meacham and McGraw mostly make do with repurposed hymns; poets, and pamphleteers like Thomas Paine, held far greater sway than did songwriters. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bernard Bailyn, the great historian of the pre-revolution politics of the U.S. colonies, showed through a deep reading of colonial pamphleteering that the early Americans were ardently resentful of distant, central authority. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 12 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of pamphleteer

Noun

1614, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pamphleteer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pamphleteer. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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