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adjective en·cy·clo·pe·dic \-ˈpē-dik\

Definition of encyclopedic

  1. :  of, relating to, or suggestive of an encyclopedia or its methods of treating or covering a subject :  comprehensive <an encyclopedic mind> <an encyclopedic collection of armor>

encyclopedically

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Examples of encyclopedic in a sentence

  1. She published an encyclopedic study of ancient Egypt.

  2. The event was described in encyclopedic detail.

  3. his almost encyclopedic knowledge of movies

Did You Know?

In Greek, paidaea meant not simply "child-rearing" but also "education", and kyklios meant "general;" thus, an encyclopedia is a work broad enough to provide a kind of general education. The world's most eminent general encyclopedia, the Encyclopaedia Britannica, is a huge work that covers every field of human knowledge. But encyclopedic doesn't have to refer to books; it's often used to describe the wide-ranging knowledge that certain types of minds just can't stop acquiring.

1824

First Known Use of encyclopedic

1824


ENCYCLOPEDIC Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective en·cy·clo·pe·dic \-ˈpē-dik\

Definition of encyclopedic for English Language Learners

  • : dealing with or knowing a subject thoroughly or completely



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