[ rap-suh-dist ]
/ ˈræp sə dɪst /


a person who rhapsodizes.
(in ancient Greece) a person who recited epic poetry, especially professionally.

Origin of rhapsodist

1640–50; < Greek rhapsōid(ós) rhapsodist (rhaps-, variant stem of rháptein to stitch, + -ōid(ē) ode + -os noun suffix) + -ist

Related forms

rhap·so·dis·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rhapsodist


/ (ˈræpsədɪst) /


a person who speaks or writes rhapsodies
a person who speaks with extravagant enthusiasm
Also: rhapsode (ˈræpsəʊd) (in ancient Greece) a professional reciter of poetry, esp of Homer

Derived Forms

rhapsodistic, adjective
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