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1. One skilled in the use of words.
2. One who favors words over ideas or substance.

ver′bal·is′tic adj.
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1. a person who deals with words alone, rather than facts, ideas, feeling, etc
2. a person skilled in the use of words
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(ˈvɜr bə lɪst)

1. a person skilled in the use of words.
2. a person who is more concerned with words than with ideas or facts.
ver`bal•is′tic, adj.
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