from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who employs the comparative method, as in studying literature.
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- n. a person who carries out a comparative study, especially of language and literary works
No Shelleyan syncretist, Heber was nonetheless a learned comparatist (as his "Brightest and Best" Magi hymn suggests), interested in a Manichean Zoroastrianism that would divide good from evil.
The Italian comparatist, Arturo Graf, traced such legendary themes as the earthly paradise and the devil; but this direction ran counter to the principles of Croce, whose opposition to comparative methods was grounded in his ideals of organic expres - sion.
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