encyclopedic

adjective en·cy·clo·pe·dic \ in-ˌsī-klə-ˈpē-dik \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

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

encyclopedically

play \in-ˌsī-klə-ˈpē-di-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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

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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.

First Known Use of encyclopedic

1824

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ENCYCLOPEDIC Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of encyclopedic for English Language Learners

  • : dealing with or knowing a subject thoroughly or completely



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