Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One versed in the classics; a classical scholar.
  • noun An adherent of classicism.
  • noun An advocate of the study of ancient Greek and Latin.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One versed in the classics.
  • noun One who is in favor of making a study of the classics the foundation of education.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One learned in the classics; an advocate for the classics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a classical scholar, especially one who studies ancient Greek and Latin language and culture
  • noun a follower of classicism

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an artistic person who adheres to classicism
  • noun a student of ancient Greek and Latin

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Examples

  • First of all Jonson was a classicist, that is, he believed in restraint and precedent in art in opposition to the prevalent ungoverned and irresponsible Renaissance spirit.

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  • Even the great, "literary literary" T.S. Eliot explicitly coupled his taste in literature ( "classicist") with a politics ( "royalist") and a religion ( "Anglo-Catholicism").

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  • His engagement with classicism preceded not only the Armistice but the start of the war in 1914 (if he ever really disengaged) and was far more motivated by his disgust with the popularizing of Cubism by Albert Gleizes and Jean Metzinger (the latter a featured "classicist" in the exhibition) than by any social or political goals.

    In the Great War's Wake

  • I'm a classicist, meaning I like the old camp for it's old camp, and Next Generation for it's Shakespearean cast.

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  • The issue I have with your label of "classicist" is that it is kind of meaningless.

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  • Given Fabrício's nostalgia for a more "classicist" time when "things were called by their real names," it may not be too far-fetched to associate him to the colonial past and to the practical and exploitative Portuguese colonizer.

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  • He is a resolute 'classicist' in many ways, expressing his unease about Rilke to Maria von Wedemeyer when she shares her enthusiasm; Rilke is 'unhealthy', a diagnostician of the darker, more flawed and ambiguous regions of the spirit (yet he admired at least some of Dostoevsky).

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Archbishop's Speech to the International Bonhoeffer Congress, Poland

  • He is a resolute 'classicist' in many ways, expressing his unease about Rilke to Maria von Wedemeyer when she shares her enthusiasm; Rilke is 'unhealthy', a diagnostician of the darker, more flawed and ambiguous regions of the spirit (yet he admired at least some of Dostoevsky).

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Archbishop's Speech to the International Bonhoeffer Congress, Poland

  • Petronius is a 'classicist'; the friend of Nero, he protests against the flamboyance of the age as typified in the rhetorical style of Seneca and

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  • And the cocktail menu, fashioned by consultant Johnny Raglin, is a joy: "classicist" versions of the martini and the Aviator, say, with alternate "locavore" versions made with locally distilled artisan bottles.

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