en·​cy·​clo·​pe·​dism | \ in-ˌsī-klə-ˈpē-ˌdi-zəm How to pronounce encyclopedism (audio) \

Definition of encyclopedism

: the quality or state of being encyclopedic

Examples of encyclopedism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sloane is a very interesting form of encyclopedism, which is not about progress as such, or the development over time. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The British Museum Was a Wonder of Its Time—But Also a Product of Slavery," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of encyclopedism

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Encyclopedism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encyclopedism. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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