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Friday, February 10, 2006

Definitions for autodidact

  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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Citations for autodidact
You could have presented yourself as being self-taught, the product of your own worthy efforts, there's nothing to be ashamed of, society in the past took pride in its autodidacts José Saramago, translated by Giovanni Pontiero, The History of the Siege of Lisbon, 1996
Until that time I had ascribed the reasons for my cultural eclecticism to my condition as a proletarian autodidact. As I have already explained, I have spent every moment of my existence that could be spared from work in reading, watching films, and listening to music. Muriel Barbery, translated by Alison Anderson, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, 2008
Origin of autodidact
Autodidact can be traced to the Greek autodĂ­daktos meaning "self-taught." The combining form auto- is used in formation of compound words and means "self," "same," "spontaneous."