One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sensitive person, especially one who is very susceptible or responsive to artistic or emotional impressions; a person of a delicate or tender disposition. rare.
2A member of a school of Dutch writers that flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, who aimed to combine the best qualities of impressionism and realism in their works.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Monthly Review. From sensitive + -ist.
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