deipnosophist


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deipnosophist

(daɪpˈnɒsəfɪst)
n
(Rhetoric) rare a person who is a master of dinner-table conversation
[C17: from Greek deipnosophistai, title of a Greek work by Athenaeus (3rd century), describing learned discussions at a banquet, from deipnon meal + sophistai wise men; see sophist]

deipnosophist

- If you are skilled at table talk, you are a deipnosophist.
See also related terms for skilled.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deipnosophist - someone skilled at informal chitchat
conversationalist, conversationist, schmoozer - someone skilled at conversation
References in periodicals archive ?
Deipnosophist is a Jacobean word for a skillful dinner conversationalist.
Are you a deipnosophist when it comes to dinner parties or do you wind everyone up because you are nothing more than a doryphore?
YOU may be a deipnosophist but some doryphore will still say you're giving him otalgia.
If you are a deipnosophist you are skilled in the art of dinnertable conversation.
Moyle takes pleasure in his ability as a deipnosophist.
Yonge, The Deipnosophists, or, Banquet of the Learned of Athenaeus, 3 vols.
Gomme (1925, 16-7) rejected the idea that there was such a class of women in classical Athens, an idea that came, it seems, both from comparisons of women like Aspasia to the courtesans of the modern world and from the projection of ideas from Second Sophistic works like Athenaeus's Deipnosophists and Lucian's Chattering Courtesans back into the fifth century BCE.
Subsequent references to the riddles from book 10 of The Deipnosophists are from this edition; for further examples of erotic riddles in this work, see 540-41 and 544-45.
The Deipnosophists (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1928).