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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Publicist \Pub"li*cist\, n. [Cf. F. publiciste.] A writer on the laws of nature and nations; one who is versed in the science of public right, the principles of government, etc. [1913 Webster] The Whig leaders, however, were much more desirous to get rid of Episcopacy than to prove themselves consummate publicists and logicians. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]