One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the pancratium. More generally: fully disciplined or exercised in mind; having every kind of skill or accomplishment.
Of an eyepiece: capable of adjustment to many degrees of magnification.
Mid 17th century. From post-classical Latin pancraticus of or relating to an athlete, irregularly from ancient Greek παγκράτιον + classical Latin -icus<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in David Brewster (1781–1868), natural philosopher and academic administrator. From ancient Greek παγκρατής all-powerful (from παν- + κρατής, combining form of κράτος bodily strength, mastery: see -cracy) + -ic.
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