One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally (in Germany): a specialist in public finance; an expert in cameralistics. Later: an advocate of cameralism.
Early 19th century. From cameral + -ist, originally after German Kameralist public finance official, specialist in cameralistics, in later use in sense ‘advocate of cameralism’ (which appears to be unparalleled in German) after cameralism.
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