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  1. a person who rhapsodizes.
  2. (in ancient Greece) a person who recited epic poetry, especially professionally.
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Origin of rhapsodist

1640–50; < Greek rhapsōid(ós) rhapsodist (rhaps-, variant stem of rháptein to stitch, + -ōid(ē) ode + -os noun suffix) + -ist
Related formsrhap·so·dis·tic, adjective
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Related Words for rhapsodist

lyricist, writer, dramatist, author, artist, dilettante, rhymer, bard, versifier, maker, parodist, lyrist, librettist, poet, minstrel, balladeer, rhymester, muse, poetess, poetaster

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Historical Examples of rhapsodist

  • This is not the joy of the fanatic or of the fakir or of the rhapsodist.

    Studies in the Epistle of James

    A. T. Robertson

  • The rhapsodist added the passages to suit the Dionysus feast, at which he was reciting.

  • And Emerson, though in a different way from Nietzsche's, was also a rhapsodist.

  • Liszt, that Hungarian rhapsodist in amours, was he not also an abbé?

  • Antar was the rhapsodist as well as a participant in these contests.

British Dictionary definitions for rhapsodist


  1. a person who speaks or writes rhapsodies
  2. a person who speaks with extravagant enthusiasm
  3. Also: rhapsode (ˈræpsəʊd) (in ancient Greece) a professional reciter of poetry, esp of Homer
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Derived Formsrhapsodistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for rhapsodist


1650s, from French rhapsodiste, from rhapsode, from Greek rhapsodos (see rhapsody).

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