a person skilled in the use of words.
a person who is more concerned with words than with ideas or reality.

Origin of verbalist

First recorded in 1600–10; verbal + -ist
Related formsver·bal·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for verbalist

Historical Examples of verbalist

  • Three days agone I would have tilted at it once more with all the untutored zeal of a verbalist.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

    George W. Gough

British Dictionary definitions for verbalist



a person who deals with words alone, rather than facts, ideas, feeling, etc
a person skilled in the use of words
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