πολυμαθής

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From πολύς (polús, much) + μαθ- (math-), the root of μανθάνω (manthánō, to learn), +‎ -ής (-ḗs, adjective suffix).

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  • (5th BCE Attic) IPA(key): /po.ly.ma.tʰɛ̌ːs/
  • (1st CE Egyptian) IPA(key): /po.ly.maˈtʰes/
  • (4th CE Koine) IPA(key): /po.ly.maˈθis/
  • (10th CE Byzantine) IPA(key): /po.ly.maˈθis/
  • (15th CE Constantinopolitan) IPA(key): /po.li.maˈθis/
  • Adjective[edit]

    πολυμαθής (polumathḗsm, f (neuter πολυμαθές); third declension

    1. Having learnt much, knowing much
      • 436 BCE – 338 BCE, Isocrates, To Demonicus 18
        Ἐάν ᾖς φιλομαθής, ἔσει πολυμαθής.
        Eán êis philomathḗs, ései polumathḗs.
        If you have a love of learning, you will become educated.
      • 422 BCE, Aristophanes, The Wasps 1175
        ἄγε νυν, ἐπιστήσει λόγους σεμνοὺς λέγειν ἀνδρῶν παρόντων πολυμαθῶν καὶ δεξιῶν;
        áge nun, epistḗsei lógous semnoùs légein andrôn paróntōn polumathôn kaì dexiôn?
        And now, will you know how to speak of solemn things to these learned and upright men?

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