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1. One skilled in the use of words.
2. One who favors words over ideas or substance.

ver′bal·is′tic adj.


1. a person who deals with words alone, rather than facts, ideas, feeling, etc
2. a person skilled in the use of words


(ˈvɜr bə lɪst)

1. a person skilled in the use of words.
2. a person who is more concerned with words than with ideas or facts.
ver`bal•is′tic, adj.
References in classic literature ?
What to the ostentatious smuggling verbalists are the thoughts of thinkers but Loose-Fish?
Having myself been trained as a verbalist, I had at first little patience with the empirical method.
Mencken joined the crusade against Comstockery, and by the time the dazzling verbalist was through, "the mere mention of Puritanism would be enough to instantly vanquish one's opponent.