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or encyclopaedist

[en-sahy-kluh-pee-dist] /ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi dɪst/
a compiler of or contributor to an encyclopedia.
(often initial capital letter) one of the collaborators on the French Encyclopedia.
Origin of encyclopedist
First recorded in 1645-55; encycloped(ia) + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Before the Revolution it was the encyclopedist Condorcet who principally took the field for the equal rights of both sexes.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • Thus it would be hard to escape contact with some group or other; only an encyclopedist could ever be half sure he had done so.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • Though shaken to his very center, the pride of the encyclopedist did not as yet give way.

    Ursula Honore de Balzac
  • This was a scholar, a writer, an encyclopedist of to-morrow who liked the big Scot and to be in his company.


    Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for encyclopedist


a person who compiles or contributes to an encyclopedia
Derived Forms
encyclopedism, encyclopaedism, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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