rhapsodist

[rap-suh-dist]

noun

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 formsrhap·so·dis·tic, adjective
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rhapsodist

noun

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 Formsrhapsodistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for rhapsodist
n.

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

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