a person skilled in exegesis.

Also ex·e·get·ist [ek-si-jet-ist] /ˌɛk sɪˈdʒɛt ɪst/.

Origin of exegete

1720–30; < Greek exēgētḗs guide, director, interpreter, equivalent to exēgē- (see exegesis) + -tēs agent suffix
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exegetist (ˌɛksɪˈdʒiːtɪst, -ˈdʒɛt-)


a person who practises exegesis

Word Origin for exegete

C18: from Greek exēgētēs, from exēgeisthai to interpret; see exegesis
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Word Origin and History for exegete

1730s, from Greek exegetes "an expounder, interpreter" (especially of the Bible), from exegeisthai (see exegesis).

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