- a student of or specialist in public or international law
- Rare a journalist who writes about politics and public affairs
Origin of publicistpublic(ize) + -ist a person whose business is to publicize persons, organizations, etc.
Origin of publicistFrench publiciste from (droit) public, public (law) + -iste, -ist
One who publicizes, especially a press or publicity agent.
From French publiciste.