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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.


(ɛnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪst) or


(Professions) a person who compiles or contributes to an encyclopedia
enˌcycloˈpedism, enˌcycloˈpaedism n


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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D'Alembert, Diderot, Grimm, Voltaire, all the French encyclopedists vied with each other in trumpeting abroad the achievements of those enlightened despots who were inspired with the loftiest motives in "partaking of the Eucharistic body of Poland.
Locke, after all, had an immense influence on the French encyclopedists whose materialism and moral relativism helped pave the way for the French Revolution.
This is even an enjoyable read for anyone ready for a different and fresh approach to traversing Homer's "wine-dark seas" and other Greek epics as well as encounters with Herodotus and encyclopedists such as Theophrastus and Pliny.
233 (1930) (book review) ("Not since the day of the French encyclopedists has as significant a task been undertaken.
The French team included "the Encyclopedists and Rousseau, the Physiocrats and Condorcet," as well as Hobbes, Godwin, Priestly, Price, Paine, and Jefferson.
The outrageous ambition of Miller's texts is both in the attempt to include everything, but also to create a universe where one moves in and out of the imaginations of Gauguin, Van Gogh, and the encyclopedists.
Voltaire, the French Encyclopedists, Condorcet, Comte, and German naturalists like Goethe, tried to discover a science-based substitute for religion.
1) The volumes by Alatorre and De la Maza both collect, in chronological order, references to Sor Juana made by biographers, encyclopedists, other poets, etc.
Although the Daily Times article does not specifically invoke Voltaire and Rousseau as does the autograph manuscript, both Voltaire and Rousseau belong to the school of the French Encyclopedists enumerated in Whitman's handwritten notes and in the "Who Was Swedenborg?
This work reads more akin to a Weberian approach, a la his analysis of the ideal-types of social action, or the work of Diderot and the Encyclopedists, rather than approaching its topic in a manner closer to Merleau-Ponty or Schutz.
The views of William Petty, Dudley North and Henry Martyn are discussed in its subsection 1; the contribution of Ernst Ludwig Carl (largely based on Hutchison's 1988 discussion) and that of Josiah Tucker follow in subsection 2; Mandeville's extensive treatment is presented in section 3; while the French encyclopedists are mentioned in subsection 4.
The true one was, in his opinion, first theorized by John Locke and then further developed in the papers of Josiah Tucker, Adam Ferguson, Adam Smith and Edmund Burke, whereas the false one was frequently used by physiocrats, the Encyclopedists (11) and J.