Etymology
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artisan (n.)

1530s, "one skilled in any mechanical art, craftsman," from Italian artigiano, from Vulgar Latin *artitianus, from Latin artitus "skilled," past participle of artire "to instruct in the arts," from ars (genitive artis) "art" (see art (n.)). Barnhart reports French artisan, often given as the direct source of the English word, is attested too late to be so.

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lyricist (n.)

1832, "one skilled in lyric composition, lyric poet;" from lyric (n.) + -ist. Meaning "one who writes words for music" is from 1908.

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geometer (n.)

"one skilled in geometry," late 15c., from Latin geometres (in Late Latin also geometra), from Greek geometres "land-measurer" (see geometry).

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shootist (n.)

"one who shoots game or competes in shooting matches; a skilled gunman," 1864, from shoot (v.) + -ist.

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technician (n.)

1833, "person expert in the technicalities of some question," from technic + -ian. Meaning "person skilled in mechanical arts" is recorded from 1939.

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logician (n.)

"person skilled in logic," late 14c., from Old French logicien (13c.), from logique (see logic). The Greek word was logistes.

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punster (n.)

1700, "a low wit who endeavours at reputation by double meaning" [Johnson], "one who puns or is skilled in punning," from pun + -ster.

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medalist (n.)

also medallist, 1680s, "one skilled in medals," from medal (n.) + -ist. Meaning "medal-maker" is from 1756; that of "recipient of a medal" is from 1797.

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deskill (v.)

also de-skill, "alter a workplace so as no longer to require skilled workers" (usually through technology), 1941, from de- + skill. Related: Deskilled.

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philosophical (adj.)

late 14c., "learned, skilled in learning;" c. 1500 as "related or belonging to philosophy or philosophers;" see philosophy + -ical. Related: Philosophically.

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