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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.


1. a person who deals with words alone, rather than facts, ideas, feeling, etc
2. a person skilled in the use of words


(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.
References in classic literature ?
What to the ostentatious smuggling verbalists are the thoughts of thinkers but Loose-Fish?
Min Eun-jeong, who has been working as a brand verbalist for the past 25 years, played an active role in over 500 projects with companies such as Kanu Coffee, Seoul Square and Opirus.
Genet is a "verbalist"; his thorough mastery of classical and vernacular French is the most widely admired feature of his writing (Wilcocks 785).
Having myself been trained as a verbalist, I had at first little patience with the empirical method.
The condition that exists when a person believes he or she is skilled in the use of words (a verbalist), but in reality is grammatically challenged.
His Suicide of the West (1964), shorn of Cold War material, wears very well and is full of insights about the "verbalist" classes, liberal guilt, and related themes.