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1. One who uses extravagantly enthusiastic or impassioned language.
2. also rhap·sode (-sōd′) One who recited epic and other poetry, especially professionally, in ancient Greece.


1. (Music, other) a person who speaks or writes rhapsodies
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a person who speaks or writes rhapsodies
3. a person who speaks with extravagant enthusiasm
4. (Historical Terms) Also: rhapsode (in ancient Greece) a professional reciter of poetry, esp of Homer
5. (Poetry) Also: rhapsode (in ancient Greece) a professional reciter of poetry, esp of Homer
ˌrhapsoˈdistic adj


(ˈræp sə dɪst)

1. a person who rhapsodizes.
2. (in ancient Greece) a person who recited epic poetry, esp. professionally.
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As to the origin of this song--whether it came in its actual state from the brain of a single rhapsodist, or was gradually perfected by a school or succession of rhapsodists, I am ignorant.
Now will the city have to fill and swell with a multitude of callings which are not required by any natural want; such as the whole tribe of hunters and actors, of whom one large class have to do with forms and colours; another will be the votaries of music--poets and their attendant train of rhapsodists, players, dancers, contractors; also makers of divers kinds of articles, including women's dresses.
Hearken to me, friends, nor heed that accursed rhapsodist.
This fixed idea of the rhapsodist was delivered with animated enthusiasm, in a manner entirely declamatory, for he had plainly no skill as a dialectician.
The painter, the sculptor, the composer, the epic rhapsodist, the orator, all partake one desire, namely to express themselves symmetrically and abundantly, not dwarfishly and fragmentarily.
Gladiatorial games had acrobats, clowns, rhapsodists, fanfares, flourishes between duels, and musical accompaniment set to the prolusio, the mock-combat that preceded the real fighting.
Cheesman and the sisters Hunt encouraged his Talent for music composition--such a long way he'd grown In such short time, from son of a tailor and seamstress to the Elizas, through wounded shoulder, settings to Houseman--this Gloucestershire son hurled about by prodigious mood-swings; "Unteachable," but could have been the "biggest" among young Rhapsodists of Stanford's tutoring .
about four hundred years, rhapsodists and talented men changed style three times.
Epic poetry would have been lost had the rhapsodists not recited it, circulating from town to town, and the great learning of Herodotus and al-Masudi would have vanished if they hadn't passed it down to their readers.
If the city began with the clearcut distinction of useful workers, politics begins with the motley crowd of the unuseful who, coming together into a mass of "workers," cater to a new range of needs--from painters and musicians to tutors and chambermaids; from actors and rhapsodists to hairdressers and cooks; from the makers of luxury articles to swineherds and butchers.
They received me enthusiastically, brought me a bench and, like the Rhapsodists of old, I spoke to my audience, who listened eagerly.
Pan-Slav identity of the Romantic epoch was conceived--just like Wagner's Germanism, the national awareness of the Scandinavian countries as Bedrich Smetana had encountered it in Sweden, and mutatis mutandis of all European countries--as having its roots in a supposed ancient common origin of all Slavs and a historical-mythical background, eagerly elaborated in authentic or less authentic tales of heroes, epic battles and erotic episodes sung by bards and rhapsodists and entering the historical memory of nations.