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

  • n. A writer of idylls.

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  • n. A writer of idylls; an idyllic poet or writer; one who depicts idyllic or pastoral subjects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See idylist.


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  • This is that of Theocritus, a Sicilian idyllist, who wrote at

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  • He was the humorous and satirical idyllist _par excellence_, and laid the scenes of his romances in idyllic surroundings, using the trifling events of daily life to wonderful purpose.

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  • While most of those who have accepted the theory of imitation-they cannot have reread the Idylls and the Song as wholes to persist in such a theory-have contended that Theocritus borrowed from Canticles, Graetz is convinced that the Hebrew poet must have known and imitated the Greek idyllist.

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  • Brizeux, the idyllist, in his _Marie_, of Breton wilds and provincial works and ways; Gérard de Nerval, Hégésippe Moreau, Madame

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  • From the mean squalor of the sordid life that limits him, the dreamer or the idyllist may soar on poesy's viewless wings, may traverse with fawn-skin and spear the moonlit heights of Cithaeron though Faun and Bassarid dance there no more.


  • Close by the stir of the great city, with all its fret and chafe and storm of life, in the desolate garden of that sombre house, and under the withering eyes of relentless Crime, revived the Arcady of old, -- the scene vocal to the reeds of idyllist and shepherd; and in the midst of the iron Tragedy, harmlessly and unconsciously arose the strain of the Pastoral Music.

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  • "The way in which Longus excites the sensual desires of the lovers by means of licentious experiments going always only to the verge of gratification, betrays an abominably hypocritical _raffinement_ [331] which reveals in the most disagreeable manner that the naïveté of this idyllist is a premeditated artifice and he himself nothing but a sophist.

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