noun Date: 1651 1. one who compiles or writes for an encyclopedia 2. often capitalized one of the writers of a French encyclopedia (1751-80) who were identified with the Enlightenment and advocated deism and scientific rationalism

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  • Encyclopedist — En*cy clo*pe dist, n. [Cf. F. encyclop[ e]diste.] The compiler of an encyclopedia, or one who assists in such compilation; also, one whose knowledge embraces the whole range of the sciences. [1913 Webster] {The Encyclopedists}, the writers of the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • encyclopedist — or encyclopaedist [en sī΄klōpē′dist, en sī΄kləpē′dist; in sī΄klōpē′dist, in sī΄kləpē′dist] n. a person who compiles or helps compile an encyclopedia the Encyclopedists the writers of the French Encyclopedia (1751 72) edited by Diderot and d… …   English World dictionary

  • encyclopedist — /en suy kleuh pee dist/, n. 1. a compiler of or contributor to an encyclopedia. 2. (often cap.) one of the collaborators on the French Encyclopedia. Also, encyclopaedist. [1645 55; ENCYCLOPED(IA) + IST] * * * …   Universalium

  • encyclopedist — noun a) A member of a group of French authors who collaborated in the 18th century in the production of the Encyclopédie, under the direction of . b) A person helping to write an encyclopedia. See Also: encyclopedia, encyclopedic …   Wiktionary

  • ENCYCLOPEDIST —    generally a man of encyclopedic knowledge, or who conducts or contributes to an encyclopædia; specially one who has, as the French encyclopedists, an overweening, false, and illusory estimate of the moral worth and civilising power of such… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • encyclopedist — n. person who compiles encyclopedias …   English contemporary dictionary

  • encyclopedist — (also encyclopaedist) noun a person who writes, edits, or contributes to an encyclopedia …   English new terms dictionary

  • encyclopedist — en·cy·clo·pe·dist …   English syllables

  • encyclopedist — en•cy•clo•pe•dist or en•cy•clo•pae•dist [[t]ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi dɪst[/t]] n. 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 …   From formal English to slang

  • encyclopedist — /ˌɛnsaɪkləˈpidəst/ (say .ensuykluh peeduhst), /ən / (say uhn ) noun 1. a compiler of or contributor to an encyclopedia. 2. (often upper case) one of the collaborators in the French Encyclopedia. Also, encyclopaedist …   Australian English dictionary

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