scholiast

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From late Latin scholiasta, from late Greek σχολιαστής, from σχολιάζειν, from σχόλιον ‘scholium’.

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scholiast (plural scholiasts)

  1. A scholar who writes commentaries on the works of an author, especially one of the ancient commentators of classical authors.
    No [] quotations from Talmudists and scholiasts [] ever marred the effect of his grave temperate discourses. — Macaulay.
    • 1981: like it or not, I was caught up once more in the scholiast’s game, paring popular notions of the ‘queer’ and ‘unearthly’ from notions of the ‘monstrous’. — John Gardner, Freddy's Book (Abacus 1982, p. 8)