an adherent of classicism in literature or art (contrasted with romanticist).
an authority on the classics; a classical scholar.
a person who advocates study of the ancient Greek and Roman classics.

Also clas·si·cal·ist [klas-i-kuh-list] /ˈklæs ɪ kə lɪst/.

Origin of classicist

First recorded in 1820–30; classic + -ist
Related formsan·ti·clas·si·cal·ist, noun, adjectivean·ti·clas·si·cist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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classicalist (ˈklæsɪkəlɪst)


  1. a student of ancient Latin and Greek
  2. a person who advocates the study of ancient Latin and Greek
an adherent of classicism in literature or art
Derived Formsclassicistic, adjective
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