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[aw-toh-dahy-dakt, -dahy-dakt]
  1. 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

1525–35; < Greek autodídaktos self-taught; see auto-1, didactic
Related formsau·to·di·dac·tic, adjectiveau·to·di·dac·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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  1. a person who is self-taught
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Derived Formsautodidactic, adjective

Word Origin for autodidact

C16: from Greek autodidaktos self-taught, from autos self + didaskein to teach
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Word Origin and History for autodidact


1746, from Greek autodidaktos "self-taught" (see autodidactic).

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