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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.
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
It also seems like a Mariano Azuela character: the improbable rhapsodist Papasquiaro, captain of the North Division or invisible beggar of Torreon, Chihuahua, Durango.
The mapping and practicing of freedom constitute an uncertain, precarious, pragmatic operation analogous to the operation of the Homeric rhapsodist, the Heideggerian skier, the Certeauan urban pedestrian, textual poacher, tactician, and operator, the nomadic, rhizomatic writer who uses short-term memory or the nomad artist who relies on close-range vision (as distinguished from long-range vision) as promoted by Deleuze and Guattari, Claude Levi-Strauss's bricoleur, Edward T.
A rhapsode, that is, like the performer traveling from town to town to sing epic poems, musician and storyteller, recognizable by his mantel and his stick (the rhabdos), vocalizing the written word, the rhapsodist who (that is what rhapsdidein means) sews songs together.
The Past, like an inspired rhapsodist, fills the theatre of everlasting generations with their harmony.
Godolphin's Frankie Dettori has won the race three times in the past with Central Park (1997), Rhapsodist (1998) and Seba (2001).
The verisimilitude in his works helped the rhapsodist adapt the Shifing tradition to rhapsody's composition.
Such a mode of theorizing is properly called "rhapsodic," with Thayer being the rhapsodist.