[ pan-suh-fee ]
/ ˈpæn sə fi /


universal wisdom or knowledge.

Origin of pansophy

First recorded in 1635–45; pan- + -sophy

Related forms

pan·soph·ic [pan-sof-ik] /pænˈsɒf ɪk/, pan·soph·i·cal, adjectivepan·soph·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pansophy

  • All sciences there shall be one pansophy; and all things knowable shall appear to you in their wondrous, perfect harmony.

  • A short account of the Via Lucis will be my only attempt to elucidate the mysteries of "pansophy."

  • Philosophy she lacked, but theosophy, which is a pansophy, she possessed—when she did not need it.

    The Paliser case|Edgar Saltus
  • Further study of Komenský's works on pansophy has not given me a higher opinion of their value.

British Dictionary definitions for pansophy


/ (ˈpænsəfɪ) /


universal knowledge

Derived Forms

pansophic (pænˈsɒfɪk) or pansophical, adjectivepansophically, adverb

Word Origin for pansophy

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