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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Karl Lagerfeld was remembered Tuesday as a protean and peripatetic designer whose boundless creativity was rooted in an encyclopedic knowledge of fashion history. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Fashion World Recalls an Influential Legend," 19 Feb. 2019 In an interview with legendary actress Mary Beth Peil for The Daily Beast, Peil shared a story about Holmes' encyclopedic knowledge of all things Cruise-related. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes’ 'Dawson Creek' Co-Stars Knew About Her Tom Cruise Crush," 26 Nov. 2018 The longtime executive director of the Public Employees Retirement System, Steve Rodeman, who's been an encyclopedic resource for lawmakers, employers and employee groups alike, will retire June 1. Ted Sickinger, OregonLive.com, "PERS: Pension system faces leadership brain drain," 28 Mar. 2018 As Bell notes, even back then without today’s encyclopedic draft content, there were teams drafting with startlingly good results. Conor Orr, SI.com, "The Original NFL Draft Bible, and Lamar Jackson in an Old, Stale Controversy," 20 Feb. 2018 When Ready Player One protagonist Wade warps into an elaborate virtual world, his intellectually empty but encyclopedic knowledge of nostalgic juvenilia isn't just cool—it's needed to save the day. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Small Screen / The Internet By villainizing nerdy fanboys, Black Mirror's Star Trek parody goes where no show has gone before," 8 Jan. 2018 Through getting to smell everything out there, our scent memory is a literal filing cabinet of what notes were trending when, which scents are popular in which regions, and even an encyclopedic scent-knowledge of perfume dupes. Jessica B. Matlin, Allure, "The 31 Best Fragrances of All Time, According to Allure Editors," 13 Sep. 2018 Asher, the longtime Churchill Downs spokesman and executive known for his love of horse racing and his encyclopedic knowledge of the sport’s most famous race, the Kentucky Derby, died Monday. Gary B. Graves, The Seattle Times, "Longtime Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher dies at 62," 27 Aug. 2018 To track down food and ensure the survival of the colony, worker bees must draw on their knowledge of smells, patterns and efficient routes to and from the hive—a process that requires the insects to remember an encyclopedic amount of information. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "‘Safe’ Levels of Pesticide Still Hamper Bees’ Memory and Ability to Learn," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of encyclopedic

1824, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of encyclopedic

: dealing with or knowing a subject thoroughly or completely

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