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Essentialist

noun; back formation
One who practices a philosophy of looking at the essential components of an object and using those to define the object It was used to use an erudite word intended for a specific audience. This word also fulfills a need for the writing to be concise, yet provide more imagery than a similar word.
 
There are plenty of such essentialists in American fiction (writers like Kent Haruf and Cormac McCarthy), and Robinson is sometimes compared to them, but their essentials are generally not religious.
Etymology : essentialist. Backformation of 'essentialism' ['essential' + '-ist' (one who practices)]
Source : 'Gilead': Acts of Devotion by James Wood (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/28/books/review/28COVERWOOD.html)
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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