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

  • n. A person who employs the comparative method, as in studying literature.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a person who carries out a comparative study, especially of language and literary works


French comparatiste, from comparative, comparative, from comparer, to compare; see compare.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From comparative +‎ -ist. (Wiktionary)


  • 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.

    Hemans, Heber, and _Superstition and Revelation_

  • 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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