• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rhapsodist Anciently, one who recited or composed a rhapsody; especially, one whose profession was to recite the verses of Hormer and other epic poets.
    • Rhapsodist Hence, one who recites or sings poems for a livelihood; one who makes and repeats verses extempore. "The same populace sit for hours listening to rhapsodists who recite Ariosto."
    • Rhapsodist One who writes or speaks disconnectedly and with great excitement or affectation of feeling.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rhapsodist Among the ancient Greeks, one who composed, recited, or sang rhapsodies; especially, one who made it his profession to recite or sing the compositions of Homer and other epic poets.
    • n rhapsodist One who recites or sings verses for a livelihood; one who makes and recites verses extempore.
    • n rhapsodist One who speaks or writes with exaggerated sentiment or expression; one who expresses himself with more enthusiasm than accuracy or logical connection of ideas.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rhapsodist one who recites or sings rhapsodies, esp. one of a class of men in ancient Greece who travelled from place to place reciting Homer and other epic poetry—also Rhap′sode: one who composes verses extempore: one who speaks or writes disjointedly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Rhapsody
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. rhapsōdia, rhaptein, to sew, ōdē, a song.


In literature:

The same populace sit for hours on the Mole, listening to rhapsodists who recite Ariosto.
"The Life of John Sterling" by Thomas Carlyle
And did you ever come across a sillier tribe of people than these same rhapsodists?
"The Symposium" by Xenophon
Any more than they can be rhapsodists and actors at once?
"The Republic" by Plato
SOCRATES: And you rhapsodists are the interpreters of the poets?
"Ion" by Plato
As lovely a nymph as the rhapsodist sees To inspire his romantical nap.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Am I, too, among the rhapsodists?
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
The last Rhapsodist was Francis Thompson, and in the sense of lyrical fervour, the last great poet was Francis Thompson.
"Adventures in the Arts" by Marsden Hartley
The past, like an inspired rhapsodist, fills the theatre of everlasting generations with her harmony.
"Obiter Dicta Second Series" by Augustine Birrell
It was entitled "The Rhapsodist," and was continued through several numbers of the magazine.
"The Philadelphia Magazines and their Contributors 1741-1850" by Albert Smyth
One can sympathize with that sort of devout, serious admiration (for he is no rhapsodist), one can respect it.
"Stories of Authors, British and American" by Edwin Watts Chubb
As vain as a peacock, Walt looked like a Greek rhapsodist.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
The Doctor is a rhapsodist, not a lecturer.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Almost without exaggeration, he may be said to see what the rhapsodist in Volney saw.
"How to Observe" by Harriet Martineau
Our patient may have derived her tendency to exaltation from this very rhapsodist.
"Mr. Claghorn's Daughter" by Hilary Trent
The rhapsodists were the first, have been the best, and shall be the last of the poets.
"The International Monthly, Volume 4, No. 2, September, 1851" by Various
For this reason some believed that they were called rhapsodists, from the Greek word rhabdos, which means a rod.
"Fishes, Flowers, and Fire as Elements and Deities in the Phallic Faiths and Worship of the Ancient Religions of Greece, Babylon," by Anonymous
Nor is this any hallucination of the rhapsodist.
"Know the Truth; A critique of the Hamiltonian Theory of Limitation" by Jesse H. Jones
What actually saved them in the first place was an institution resembling that of the Rhapsodists in Greece.
"A Literary History of the Arabs" by Reynold Nicholson
The commemorative odes appear to have been recited or sung at banquets, not by poets or rhapsodists, but by boys or guests.
"The Roman Poets of the Republic" by W. Y. Sellar
If it proves anything, it proves that Cynaethus, who was a Chian and a rhapsodist, made no claim to Homeric descent.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various