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 autodidact (audio) , -​də-​ \ adjective

Examples of autodidact in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These are the citizen journalists, forum posters with statistics degrees, bloggers who work on Wall Street, and autodidact podcasters. James Mcelroy, Washington Examiner, "The best analysis of 2021 is a book from 2014," 4 Mar. 2021 As with Mary Anning in Ammonite, Basil Brown is a real hero, another working-class autodidact who spent his life finding extraordinary things in the ground. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "How The Dig and Ammonite Fetishize British-ness," 27 Jan. 2021 Unfortunately, d’Hérelle was an autodidact working as a volunteer at the Institut Pasteur, in Paris. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "When a Virus Is the Cure," 14 Dec. 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, 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

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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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13 Mar 2021

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“Autodidact.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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