from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Universal (complete) knowledge or a system of such universal knowledge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Universal wisdom; esp., a system of universal knowledge proposed by Comenius (1592 -- 1671), a Moravian educator.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Universal wisdom or knowledge.


Originally from Greek pan, all, and -sophy, wisdom or knowledge, then from Latin pansophia to English. (Wiktionary)


  • German philosophers made ready to seize upon it with huge mental biceps and labor to incorporate it beneficently into the Teuton pansophy.

    Villa Elsa A Story of German Family Life

  • Next in importance to pansophy or encyclop√¶dism, and closely connected with it, is the principle that a knowledge of words and of things should go hand in hand.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11

  • I can just picture Coldplay fans all around the world twistin ` and turnin ` the CD cover ` bout and puttin ` it under a magnifying glass just to glean an inner sanctum of pansophy from the cardboard.

    The Student Operated Press

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