encyclopedic

adjective
en·​cy·​clo·​pe·​dic | \ in-ˌsī-klə-ˈpē-dik How to pronounce encyclopedic (audio) \

Definition of encyclopedic

: 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

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Other Words from encyclopedic

encyclopedically \ in-​ˌsī-​klə-​ˈpē-​di-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce encyclopedic (audio) \ adverb

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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.

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She published an encyclopedic study of ancient Egypt. The event was described in encyclopedic detail. his almost encyclopedic knowledge of movies
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Recent Examples on the Web The show contains an encyclopedic array of grimaces, eye rolls, and acquiescent smiles. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "“How To with John Wilson” Offers a Martian’s-Eye View of Homo Sapiens’ Habits," 14 Dec. 2020 Engaged, but not enamored of her fiancé, Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), the daughter of a record shop owner and an etiquette instructor, marvels daily at the wonders of television while also having encyclopedic music knowledge. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Sylvie’s Love’: A Black romantic drama for the ages," 23 Dec. 2020 In his encyclopedic book C.S. Lewis: Companion and Guide, Hooper relates how Lewis gained national attention for his BBC broadcasts defending Christianity during World War II, receiving many speaking invitations. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "Walter Hooper, R.I.P.," 7 Dec. 2020 Her new show is her own, pushing her to deploy her talent, charm and encyclopedic culinary chops to solve challenges. NBC News, "'Babish' expands as pandemic boosts YouTube cooking shows," 27 Oct. 2020 With a cascade of white and yellow diamonds in an encyclopedic variety of cuts and sizes, these dangling earrings conjure the informal, unpretentious warp and weft that captured the designer’s renegade imagination so many years ago. New York Times, "Glittering High Jewelry, Inspired by Tweed," 2 Dec. 2020 Her new show is her own, pushing her to deploy her talent, charm and encyclopedic culinary chops to solve challenges. NBC News, "'Babish' expands as pandemic boosts YouTube cooking shows," 27 Oct. 2020 Her new show is her own, pushing her to deploy her talent, charm and encyclopedic culinary chops to solve challenges. NBC News, "'Babish' expands as pandemic boosts YouTube cooking shows," 27 Oct. 2020 Her new show is her own, pushing her to deploy her talent, charm and encyclopedic culinary chops to solve challenges. Sophia Rosenbaum, chicagotribune.com, "‘Binging With Babish’ expands as pandemic boosts YouTube cooking shows," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of encyclopedic

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Encyclopedic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encyclopedic. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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encyclopedic

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of encyclopedic

: dealing with or knowing a subject thoroughly or completely

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