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

Examples of encyclopedic in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of encyclopedic

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Encyclopedic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encyclopedic. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of encyclopedic

: dealing with or knowing a subject thoroughly or completely

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