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economist

[ih-kon-uh-mist] /ɪˈkɒn ə mɪst/
noun
1.
a specialist in economics.
2.
Archaic. a thrifty or frugal person.
Origin of economist
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; econom(y) + -ist
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  • The author is an artist in life and an economist in expression.

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  • Failing this the economist could wash his hands of the poor.

  • The Vicomtesse was an economist of words, and explained herself no further.

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  • So far as I know, there is no economist of note who makes any objection to that statement.

  • The French economist Métin states this view-point very well.

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British Dictionary definitions for economist

economist

/ɪˈkɒnəmɪst/
noun
1.
a specialist in economics
2.
(archaic) a person who advocates or practises frugality
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Word Origin and History for economist
n.

1580s, "household manager," from Middle French économiste; meaning "student of political economy" is from 1804; see economy + -ist.

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