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[puhb-luh-sist] /ˈpʌb lə sɪst/
a person who publicizes, especially a press agent or public-relations consultant.
an expert in current public or political affairs.
an expert in public or international law.
Origin of publicist
1785-95; < German; see public, -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for publicist
  • Bond with your publisher's publicity department, and keep your publicist abreast of your planned activities.
  • Mockingbird is hardly a marketer's or publicist's dream, and could easily have been dismissed as a downer.
  • The queen's publicist didn't immediately respond to an e-mail asking for more details about her being a fan of ours.
  • Yet he is a great self-publicist, who then worked his stubbornness into the campaign as a selling point.
  • They could even be fired for doing it because that makes them your publicist and not an objective observer.
  • He gives few interviews, doesn't employ a publicist, and has never advertised his line.
  • The press's publicist says the press is discussing the switch internally as well.
  • The publicist who arranged my meeting was not on the bus.
  • We had a bookkeeper and a publicist and a president.
  • Or, to be precise, one scholar-squirrel and one plump publicist pigeon for the pot.
British Dictionary definitions for publicist


a person who publicizes something, esp a press or publicity agent
a journalist
(rare) a person learned in public or international law
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Word Origin and History for publicist

1792, "person learned in public law or the law of nations," from public (adj.) + -ist. Also from 1795 in English as "writer on current topics," from French publiciste; in either case a hybrid.

Then crept in the "loose" usage. Anybody who wrote or spoke about public affairs came to be dubbed a publicist. It was only a question of time when the dam would give way and the word flow in all directions and be made to cover every kind of talent, or lack of it. ["The Nation," Nov. 22, 1917]
Meaning "press agent" is from 1925 (publicity agent attested by 1900); publicitor also was tried in this sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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