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  1. a person of great learning in several fields of study; polyhistor.
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Origin of polymath

1615–25; < Greek polymathḗs learned, having learned much, equivalent to poly- poly- + -mathēs, adj. derivative of manthánein to learn
Related formspol·y·math·ic, adjective
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Related Words for polymath

educated, scientific, studied, scholarly, accomplished, well-educated, wunderkind, sound, experienced, versed, cultured, lettered, cultivated, grave, grounded, posted, abstruse, academic, bookish, brainy

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  1. a person of great and varied learning
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Derived Formspolymathic, adjectivepolymathy (pəˈlɪməθɪ), noun

Word Origin for polymath

C17: from Greek polumathēs having much knowledge
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Word Origin and History for polymath


1620s, from Greek polymathes "having learned much, knowing much," from polys "much" (see poly-) + root of manthanein "to learn" (see mathematic).

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