deipnosophist

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From the 3rd-century Ancient Greek Δειπνοσοφισταί (Deipnosophistaí, "The Deipnosophists") by Athenaeus, derived from δειπνο- (deipno-, deipno-, dinner-) + σοφιστής (sophistḗs, one knowledgable in the arts of ~). Sometimes misunderstood owing to confusion with pejorative senses of sophist.[1]

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deipnosophist (plural deipnosophists)

  1. A master of the art of dining, particularly learned conversation in the manner of Athenaeus's characters.

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  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1st ed. "deipnosophist, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 1894.