poly·​math | \ ˈpä-lē-ˌmath How to pronounce polymath (audio) \

Definition of polymath

: a person of encyclopedic learning

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Other Words from polymath

polymath or polymathic \ ˌpä-​lē-​ˈma-​thik How to pronounce polymathic (audio) \ adjective
polymathy \ pə-​ˈli-​mə-​thē How to pronounce polymathy (audio) , ˈpä-​lə-​ˌma-​thē How to pronounce polymathy (audio) \ noun

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The case studies of these seven very different nations and their very different crises offer a tour of these societies, guided by an insightful 81-year-old Sherpa who combines the talents of a polymath, a fluid writer and a master storyteller. Moisés Naím, Washington Post, "Psychotherapy can solve personal problems — why not national crises?," 7 June 2019 Oulipo’s initiator and presiding spirit was the writer, editor, and polymath Raymond Queneau, author of Zazie in the Metro (1959), Exercises in Style (1947), and much else. Luc Sante, Harper's magazine, "A Crew of Variegated Weirdos," 10 Jan. 2019 Lin was a glamorous, vivacious polymath who wrote poetry, fiction, criticism and drama, and made her home into a kind of intellectual salon. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Lin Huiyin and Liang Sicheng, Chroniclers of Chinese Architecture," 11 Apr. 2018 Return of the Obra Dinn is the product of a polymath named Lucas Pope, the creator of the ruthlessly incisive and award-winning immigration simulator Papers, Please. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Why Return of the Obra Dinn is my game of the year," 21 Dec. 2018 Indeed, Peltz is part of the new generation of polymaths who move effortlessly between the fashion sphere and Hollywood, two seemingly different worlds. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Will Peltz Is Breaking the “Actor/Model” Mold," 2 Oct. 2018 This particular episode tells the story of Giordano Bruno, an Italian polymath who believed the universe was infinite. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Beyond Carl Sagan: the All-New Cosmos at NYCC 2013," 13 Oct. 2013 But this show is curated by the polymath artist Theaster Gates, and his goal is more about capturing and trying to share the feeling of the Johnson Publishing style than cramming the visitor’s head with facts, figures and cultural talking points. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "'Johnson Publishing' exhibit shows off company's design flair — without a plexiglass museum case," 5 July 2018 Various times, various locations Tue 5/22: Quintron’s Weather Warlock and Chicago polymath Bruce Lamont come together for a night of sonic witchcraft and wizardry. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Do This The Sea and Cake and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of polymath

1621, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polymath

Greek polymathēs very learned, from poly- + manthanein to learn — more at mathematical

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English Language Learners Definition of polymath

formal : someone who knows a lot about many different things

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