cruciverbalist love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A constructor of crosswords.
  • n. An enthusiast of word games, especially of crosswords.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who constructs crosswords.

Etymologies

From Latin crux, cruc-, cross + Latin verbum, word (translation of English crossword).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
cruci- (“cross”) + verbal (“words”) + -ist (“agent, person”), from Latin roots crux ("cross") and verbum ("word"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But come on, when you first saw the word "cruciverbalist," didn't you think it might have something to do with religious jargon?

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  • ( "cruciverbalist," actually) who exercises her craft in the service of a small circulation daily.

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  • And then there's the "Get Today's Puzzles" button, a simple but indispensible tool that makes being a lunatic cruciverbalist that much easier.

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  • Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock) is a cruciverbalist.

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  • This afternoon, The ♥ G ♥ and I went to see the new film Wordplay, about the phenomenon of the crossword puzzle (and the phenomenon of the cruciverbalist) and the competitions related thereto.

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  • The less said about the plot (other than that it involves mysteries on a yacht), the better, but suffice to say, it was written by Tony Perkins and Steven Sondheim (remember, Sondheim is also a damned talented cruciverbalist), and directed by Herbert Ross.

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  • GWM cruciverbalist seeks same w/big vocab (in a way) for possible ecdysiasm.

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  • Dr. Fill is the creation of Matt Ginsberg, an artificial intelligence scientist and cruciverbalist, the word you should fill in if you're ever starting at the clue: "a creator of crossword puzzles."

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  • Sandra Bullock deserves a pat on the back time, but lately she has been getting some of the worst reviews of her career for, in which she plays a dysfunctional ­cruciverbalist who Those auditions to be the new Peter Parker sure are fierce.

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  • According to the definition, anyone who "enjoys crosswords" is a cruciverbalist, but in its normal usage (as if anyone uses the word normally) it means a constructor of crossword puzzles, or more literally, a "crosser of words."

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