autodidact

noun
au·​to·​di·​dact | \ ˌȯ-tō-ˈdī-ˌdakt How to pronounce autodidact (audio) , -dī-ˈdakt How to pronounce autodidact (audio) , -də-ˈdakt \

Definition of autodidact

: a self-taught person was an autodidact who read voraciously

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Other Words from autodidact

autodidactic \ ˌȯ-​tō-​dī-​ˈdak-​tik How to pronounce autodidactic (audio) , -​də-​ \ adjective

Examples of autodidact in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brand is a British actor, comedian, podcaster, autodidact, and all-around wonderful weirdo who is in recovery for his own multiple addictions. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: There’s no magic book to help son with drinking problem," 22 Apr. 2020 Brand is a British actor, comedian, podcaster, autodidact, and all-around wonderful weirdo who is in recovery for his own multiple addictions. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Father worries about son’s drinking issue," 22 Apr. 2020 We custodians of old books are supposed (at least) to be peddling one commodity that journalists and autodidacts sometimes run short on: intellectual humility. Daniel E. Burns, National Review, "What Political Philosophy Can’t Do," 23 Jan. 2020 VALERY HACHEGetty Images Everyone's favorite autodidact on Criminal Minds, the lovable, bumbling Spencer Reid, hasn't had much luck in his romantic life. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Who Is Max on 'Criminal Minds,' Played by Rachael Leigh Cook?," 24 Sep. 2019 Friends and colleagues described Dr. Tanton as a Renaissance man and a voracious autodidact. Nicholas Kulish, New York Times, "Dr. John Tanton, Quiet Catalyst in Anti-Immigration Drive, Dies at 85," 18 July 2019 Friends and colleagues described Dr. Tanton as a Renaissance man and a voracious autodidact. Nicholas Kulish, New York Times, "Dr. John Tanton, Quiet Catalyst in Anti-Immigration Drive, Dies at 85," 18 July 2019 Friends and colleagues described Dr. Tanton as a Renaissance man and a voracious autodidact. Nicholas Kulish, New York Times, "Dr. John Tanton, Quiet Catalyst in Anti-Immigration Drive, Dies at 85," 18 July 2019 He is driven, inexhaustible, and an honest-to-goodness autodidact. Devin Gordon, The Atlantic, "I Tried to Live Like Joe Rogan," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of autodidact

1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autodidact

Greek autodidaktos self-taught, from aut- + didaktos taught, from didaskein to teach

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The first known use of autodidact was in 1784

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27 Apr 2020

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“Autodidact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autodidact. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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