One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A commentator on ancient or classical literature.
commentator, observer, monitor, pundit, expert, authority, arbiter, interpreter, exponent, expounderView synonyms
- ‘Of the methods taught by Aryabhata and demonstrated by his scholiast Bhaskara I, some are based on comparison of similar right-angled plane triangles, and others are derived from inference.’
- ‘The identification is doubtful, but the scholiast (ancient commentator) knew Varus' origin.’
- ‘Maybe the scholiast has created a schematic he cannot fully control.’
Late 16th century: from medieval Greek skholiastēs, from skholiazein ‘write scholia’ (see scholium).
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