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Monday, February 16, 2015

Definitions for polymathy

  1. learning in many fields; encyclopedic knowledge.

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Citations for polymathy
It was the ultimate test of Franklin’s scholarship and polymathy, a phonetic alphabet designed to have a “more natural Order,” than the existing system. Jimmy Stamp, "Benjamin Franklin's Phonetic Alphabet," Smithsonian, May 10, 2013
Even so, Ross’s eccentricity cannot fully obscure his impressive polymathy—he expounds just as fluently on geology and the coffeehouses of Samuel Johnson-era London as he does on Rogers’s innovative war-making. Marc Tracy, "Nonfiction Chronicle," New York Times, June 24, 2009
Origin of polymathy
1635-1645
Polymathy descends from the Greek words poly meaning "much," and manthánein meaning "to learn." It entered English in the mid-1600s.