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[kres-tom-uh-thee] /krɛsˈtɒm ə θi/
noun, plural chrestomathies.
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
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[kres-tuh-math-ik] /ˌkrɛs təˈmæθ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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noun (pl) -thies
(rare) a collection of literary passages, used in the study of language
Derived Forms
chrestomathic (ˌkrɛstəʊˈmæθɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek khrēstomatheia, from khrēstos useful + mathein to learn
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Word Origin and History for chrestomathy

"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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