American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British One who compiles, writes, or edits miscellanies.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A writer of miscellanies.
- adj. Having the characteristics of a miscellany.
- n. An author or editor of one or more miscellanies; one who produces written works having a wide range of forms or kinds of content.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A writer of miscellanies; miscellanarian.
“The church historian and miscellanist Heylin belongs also to the now fast multiplying class of professional writers who dealt with almost any subject as it might seem likely to hit the taste of the public.”
“His literary ability was extraordinarily diversified: but, once more, he was (here also) a born novelist, who was also a not inconsiderable dramatist; a critic who might not impossibly have been great, a miscellanist of ability, and a verse-writer than whom many a worse has somehow or other obtained the name of poet.”
“For the rest of his life he was a hard-worked but by no means ill-paid journalist, novelist, and miscellanist, making as much as £2000 by his _History of England_, not ill-written, though now never read.”
“Such a miscellanist as was the admirable Erasmus deserves the happy description which Plutarch with an elegant enthusiasm bestows on Menander: he calls him the delight of philosophers fatigued with study; that they have recourse to his works as to a meadow enamelled with flowers, where the sense is delighted by a purer air; and very elegantly adds, that Menander has a salt peculiar to himself, drawn from the same waters that gave birth to Venus.”
“a journalist and miscellanist, Karr had few superiors in a century of miscellaneous journalism; and as a maker of telling and at the same time solid phrase, he was Voltaire's equal in the first respect and his superior in the second.”
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