One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who looks for or employs analogy or analogies, or is inclined to do so.
2Linguistics and Philosophy. An adherent of the view (particularly associated with a school of Greek grammarians existing between the 2nd cent. b.c. and 1st cent. a.d.) that language has an innate, logical structure deriving from a fundamental correspondence between words and the things they denote. Opposed to anomalist.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas James. From analogy + -ist. Compare French analogiste.
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