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

Definition of autodidact

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

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

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Caldas, an autodidact, who early in his career built architectural models for Oscar Niemeyer, found success designing affordable furniture for the emerging Brazilian middle class. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "The Most Mesmerizing Design Moments of Salone del Mobile," 18 Apr. 2019 Today the Norwegian autodidact who reconfigured Western theater in the mid- and late 19th century appears at once larger than life and blurredly remote. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, "‘Henrik Ibsen: The Man and the Mask’ Review: Riddles of the Sphinx," 17 May 2019 An autodidact like so many of the men who built the British Empire, Cautley arrived in India in 1819 as a humble artilleryman. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘Unruly Waters’ and ‘Ganges’ Review: In India, Water Is Politics," 4 Jan. 2019 Alejandro is a hyper-capable autodidact, a former anthropologist who enthusiastically spirals into obscure hobbies, like carving Elizabethan lutes or making portable pasteurizers for his wife to use on the family farm. John Williams, New York Times, "Can Handiwork Save Your Soul? A Quiet Novel Suggests It Can," 10 July 2018 Among the finalists, who range in age from 23 to 77, and span autodidact, emerging, and established, Lee happens to be particularly accomplished; her work can be found in more than 40 public collections around the world. Amy Verner, Vogue, "Dame Helen Mirren Presents Scottish Ceramist Jennifer Lee With the Second Annual Loewe Craft Prize," 4 May 2018 The second is Grace Hopper, an autodidact, teacher, and Navy rear admiral, among many other things. Anna Wiener, The New Republic, "The Internet Women Made," 1 May 2018 Graham Hancock is an audacious autodidact who believes that long before ancient Mesopotamia, Babylonia and Egypt there existed an even more glorious civilization. Michael Shermer, Scientific American, "No, There Wasn't an Advanced Civilization 12,000 Years Ago," 1 June 2017 Hoffer was a longshoreman and an autodidact who wrote slender books hefty with wisdom. George Will, National Review, "Survival of the Shrillest," 20 Dec. 2017

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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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