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  1. universal wisdom or knowledge.

Origin of pansophy

First recorded in 1635–45; pan- + -sophy
Related formspan·soph·ic [pan-sof-ik] /pænˈsɒf ɪk/, pan·soph·i·cal, adjectivepan·soph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • He also accused him of obtaining large sums from the De Geers family by means of "pansophic hope and chiliastic smoke."

    A History of Bohemian Literature

    Count Ltzow

  • He published at Amsterdam the only complete edition of his educational works, and even wrote new "pansophic" books.

British Dictionary definitions for pansophic


  1. universal knowledge
Derived Formspansophic (pænˈsɒfɪk) or pansophical, adjectivepansophically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from New Latin pansophia; see pan-, -sophy
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