Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The knowledge of many arts and sciences; acquaintance with many branches of learning, or with various subjects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The knowledge of many arts and sciences; variety of learning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The knowledge of many arts and sciences; variety of learning.

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Examples

  • He was typically hands-on with the venture, teaching classes until recently and sporting the title professor of polymathy.

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  • He was a man of “staggering polymathy” — a physician, a geologist, a chess expert, an authority on bees and the kaleidoscope.

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  • He was a man of “staggering polymathy” — a physician, a geologist, a chess expert, an authority on bees and the kaleidoscope.

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  • Why is polymathy and interdisciplinarity so out of fashion in universities nowadays?

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  • Why is polymathy and interdisciplinarity so out of fashion in universities nowadays?

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  • Diogenes Laertius tried to dispute this tradition by quoting Heraclitus 'assertion that “Pythagoras, the son of Mnesarchus, practiced inquiry most of all men and having made a selection from these writings made for himself a wisdom, a polymathy, an evil art” (Fr. 129).

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