Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A versifier.
- n. According to Orwells' '1984' - A machine for creating songs. Sometimes applied to the pop music industry as an accusation of creating music that fits set formulae but has no real feeling.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare A versifier.
“The words of these songs were composed without any human intervention whatever on an instrument known as a versificator.”
“Here were produced rubbishy newspapers, containing almost nothing except sport, crime, and astrology, sensational five-cent novelettes, films oozing with sex, and sentimental songs which were composed entirely by mechanical means on a special kind of kaleidoscope known as a versificator.”
“Zerchi suspected that the thin book of verse had been penned by one of the secular scientists who had visited the abbey to study the Memorabilia at about that time, and that one of them could probably be identified with the "scurrilous versificator" and possibly with the Saint Poet of folklore and fable.”
“Someone a few years back had proposed the rather silly hypothesis that Saint Poet was the same person as the "scurrilous versificator" once mentioned in the Journals of the Venerable Abbot Jerome, but the only substantiating "evidence" for this notion was that Pfardentrott -- or was it Esser Shon?”
“Here were produced rubbishy newspapers containing almost nothing except sport, crime and astrology, sensational five-cent novelettes, films oozing with sex, and sentimental songs which were composed entirely by mechanical means on a special kind of kaleidoscope known as a versificator.”
“Casaubon dismisses him in two contemptuous words as "versificator insulsissimus"; this is true of a great part of his work, and would perhaps be true of it all but for the/saeva indignatio/which kindles the verse, not into the flame of poetry, but as it were to a dull red heat.”
“Ex alieno ingenio Poeta, ex suo tantum versificator.”
“It runs as follows: _Fuit his temporibus Primas canonicus eoloniensis, magnus trutannus et magnus trufator, et maximus versificator et velox, qui, si dedisset cor suum ad diligendum Deum, magnus in litteratura divina fuisset, et utilis valde_ _Ecclesiae”
“J.C. Scaliger said of Erasmus: "Ex alieno ingenio poeta, ex suo versificator.”
“There is reason to believe, that for nearly two centuries ere this date, there had existed in the court a personage, entitled the King's Versifier, (versificator,) to whom one hundred shillings a-year was the salary, and that the title was, by and by, changed to that of Poet Laureate, _i. e.”
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