- a person of great learning in several fields of study; polyhistor.
Origin of polymath
1615–25; < Greek polymathḗs learned, having learned much, equivalent to poly- poly- + -mathēs, adj. derivative of manthánein to learn
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Examples from the Web for polymathic
His redeeming virtues are his sardonic wit, polymathic range, good literary style, and his fearlessness.How Will Hitchens Be Remembered?
December 16, 2011
The polymathic professor, TV presenter, and writer has a new collection of essays that covers, well, just about everything.Simon Schama Talks About Everything
April 16, 2011
- a person of great and varied learning
C17: from Greek polumathēs having much knowledge
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Word Origin and History for polymathic
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