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1. A person who writes for or compiles an encyclopedia.
2. Encyclopedist One of the writers of the French Encyclopédie (1751-1772), including its editors, Diderot and d'Alembert.
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(ɛnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪst) or


(Professions) a person who compiles or contributes to an encyclopedia
enˌcycloˈpedism, enˌcycloˈpaedism n
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or en•cy•clo•pae•dist

(ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi dɪst)

1. a compiler of or contributor to an encyclopedia.
2. (often cap.) one of the collaborators on a French encyclopedia published in the 18th century, presenting the views of the Enlightenment.
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Noun1.encyclopedist - a person who compiles information for encyclopedias
compiler - a person who compiles information (as for reference purposes)
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From Immanuel Kant to Hobbes, Vico, Leibnitz, Spinoza and the French Encyclopaedists - the Old Enlightenment emancipated man from the manacles of superstition and bondage to religion and tradition.
The late Maulvi Abdul Haq used to say that the Urdu language needs French Encyclopaedists like Rousseau, Voltaire and Diderot who can rid our minds of centuries of accumulated debris and reflect on our intellectual and societal problems in the light of knowledge.
The Encyclopaedists led by Voltaire and Diderot had prepared the ground for Enlightenment, which had inspired people to carry out French revolution.
Unlike the 18th century's oil shale researchers who were usually encyclopaedists [1], Helmersen, member of the St.
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He begins by differentiating Neckam's attitudes and expectations from those of modern encyclopaedists such as Denis Diderot (Introduction), and later contrasts Neckam's style to thirteenth-century encyclopaedists Vincent of Beauvais and Bartholomaeus Anglicus (Chapter 6).
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[Yeats] thought "after the individualist, demagogic movement, founded by Hobbes and popularized by the Encyclopaedists and the French Revolution, we have a soil so exhausted that it cannot grow that crop again for centuries." Then I thought "Nothing is possible but some movement, or birth from above, preceded by some violent annunciation." My fancy began to play with Leda and the Swan for metaphor and I began this poem; but as I wrote, bird and lady took such possession of the scene that all politics went out of it, and my friend tells me that "his conservative readers would misunderstand the poem." (4) Usually Yeats begins a poem at a personal level--another poem is "The Sorrow of Love"--and elevates it to a universal dimension.
Against the critiques made by Mussolini or Goebbels against the 1789 revolution, Thorez praised its progressive meaning, and the revolutionary role of the French encyclopaedists. Proclaiming marxism as the inheritor of the historical traditions of French eighteenth century, Thorez quoted Lenin's statement: 'Les Bolchevistes sont les Jacobins de la Revolution proletarienne'.