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autodidact

[ aw-toh-dahy-dakt, -dahy-dakt ]
/ ˌɔ toʊˈdaɪ dækt, -daɪˈdækt /
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noun
a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person.
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Origin of autodidact

First recorded in 1525–35; from Greek autodídaktos “self-taught”; see origin at auto-1, didactic

OTHER WORDS FROM autodidact

au·to·di·dac·tic [aw-toh-dahy-dak-tik], /ˌɔ toʊ daɪˈdæk tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for autodidact

autodidact
/ (ˈɔːtəʊˌdaɪdækt) /

noun
a person who is self-taught

Derived forms of autodidact

autodidactic, adjective

Word Origin for autodidact

C16: from Greek autodidaktos self-taught, from autos self + didaskein to teach
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