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 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.

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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Recent Examples on the Web In his glory days, Bogdanovich was considered a moviemaking wunderkind, celebrated for his technical mastery and encyclopedic knowledge of film history. NBC News, 7 Jan. 2022 The recruiting encyclopedic memory of Blustein is striking. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 31 Aug. 2021 Felder is known for his encyclopedic memory of music and stories, so despite his lack of preparation, none of the songs chosen by the audience threw him off. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2021 Host Rob Harmon is known for his eclectic tastes and encyclopedic knowledge of everything from silent films to the trashiest cult classics. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 23 Dec. 2021 Adam Black, a botanical and horticultural consultant in Texas, would offer his encyclopedic knowledge of the state’s wildlife. Marion Renault, The New Republic, 20 Dec. 2021 But Nancy Pearl, who was honored at the National Book Awards on Nov. 17, comes to her superhero status by her encyclopedic knowledge of books and powerfully engaging recommendations in almost every form of media. Rebekah Denn, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2021 The tour guides are plentiful and have an encyclopedic knowledge of both the house and the family. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 13 Dec. 2021 Its encyclopedic Museum of Fine Arts has a renowned collection of antiquities. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021

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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 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of encyclopedic

: dealing with or knowing a subject thoroughly or completely

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