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verbalist

[vur-buh-list]
noun
  1. a person skilled in the use of words.
  2. a person who is more concerned with words than with ideas or reality.
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Origin of verbalist

First recorded in 1600–10; verbal + -ist
Related formsver·bal·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for verbalistic

verbalist

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