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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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The encyclopedist names the categories, distinguishes the genres, coins the terms.
The Encyclopedist and the Peruvian Princess: The Poetics of Illegibility in French Enlightenment Book Culture.
Finally, the great encyclopedist of the Mamluk era, Shihab al-Din Ahmad al-Nuwayri (d.
Marmontel was a typical encyclopedist, a liberal man of letters who advocated progress and religious tolerance.
Menke, a prominent sports encyclopedist and journalist, rejected Doubleday and came out in support of Cartwright.
Lorraine Pirroux, "The Encyclopedist and the Peruvian Princess: The Poetics of Illegibility in French Enlightenment Book Culture," pmla 121.
The change in attitude of the prominent German-American political philosopher, encyclopedist, and reformer Francis Lieber toward Napoleon provides a case in point.
This has always been a magazine for intellectually curious readers, and reading one past issue after another, I have been struck by the enormous range and depth of our offerings, covering an array of subjects that would have impressed even the great encyclopedist Denis Diderot.
In the 1800s, philosophers such as encyclopedist Henri Saint-Simon believed that access to the best information from the most educated people would promote world peace.
Speth's particular talent--evident here as in his earlier books--is that he's a kind of encyclopedist.
Brown finds an original defensiveness about the study of insects, one "variously but consistently refashioned by nearly every insect encyclopedist ever since" to reveal "a number of anxieties about the relationship between humans and insect," and that renders the insect "a kind of Other not only for human beings but for animals and animal studies as well.
De drang tot volledigheid die de encyclopedist siert blijkt verder uit de afsluitende paragraaf over de naoorlogse jaren tot 1958.