polymath

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First attested in 1624; from the Ancient Greek πολυμαθής (polumathḗs, having learnt much), from πολύς (polús, much) + μάθη (máthē) (mathē, “learning”; from μανθάνω (manthánō), manthanō “I learn”); compare opsimath, philomath, polyhistor, polymathic, polymathist, and polymathy, as well as the French polymathe.

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polymath (plural polymaths)

  1. A person with extraordinarily broad and comprehensive knowledge.
    • 1624, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (2nd edn.), p.6:
      To be thought and held Polumathes and Polihistors.
    • 2021 December 29, Stephen Roberts, “Stories and facts behind railway plaques”, in RAIL, number 947, page 56:
      A bit of a polymath, he was crucial in the early development of the railways in this country.

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