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chrestomathy

[kres-tom-uh-thee]
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noun, plural chres·tom·a·thies.
  1. a collection of selected literary passages, often by one author and especially from a foreign language.

Origin of chrestomathy

1825–35; < New Latin chrestomathia < Greek chrēstomátheia, equivalent to chrēstó(s) useful (chrēs-, stem of chrêsthai to use + -tos verbal adjective suffix) + math- (variant stem of manthánein to learn) + -eia -y3
Related formschres·to·math·ic [kres-tuh-math-ik] /ˌkrɛs təˈmæθ ɪk/, adjective
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chrestomathy

noun plural -thies
  1. rare a collection of literary passages, used in the study of language
Derived Formschrestomathic (ˌkrɛstəʊˈmæθɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Greek khrēstomatheia, from khrēstos useful + mathein to learn
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Word Origin and History for chrestomathy

n.

"collection of literary passages," 1774, from French chrestomathie, from Latinized form of Greek khrestomatheia "desire of learning; book containing selected passages," lit. "useful learning," from khrestos "useful" (verbal adjective of khresthai "to make use of;" see hortatory) + manthanein "to learn" (see mathematic). Related: Chrestomathic.

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