Definition of encyclopedic in US English:


(British encyclopaedic)


  • 1Comprehensive in terms of information.

    ‘he has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of food’
    • ‘He was one of the outstanding figures of twentieth century science - brilliant and passionate, with an encyclopedic knowledge of science, history and philosophy.’
    • ‘Over the years he developed an encyclopedic knowledge of this literature and an uncanny knack for introducing the right book to the right reader at the right time.’
    • ‘The twenty-four pieces gathered here reflect voracious curiosity, wanderlust, and encyclopedic knowledge of peoples, places, rituals, and religions.’
    • ‘Quite obviously, no single reviewer is competent to judge the reliability of every bit of material to be found in this encyclopedic book.’
    • ‘But unfortunately much of that information, that encyclopaedic knowledge of their environment is being lost.’
    • ‘Both of these individuals possess an encyclopedic knowledge of the lives of their fathers and have made themselves readily accessible to researchers.’
    • ‘How many of you depend on at least one person at your local music store to help you select the right music for your students or who has an encyclopedic knowledge of music and where to get it?’
    • ‘I was present at his Northern California seminars and remember vividly the amazement of the participants at his encyclopedic knowledge of aikido techniques.’
    • ‘He had a real passion for his beloved native city and a completely encyclopaedic knowledge of its highways, byways and history.’
    • ‘His encyclopedic knowledge and expertise were coupled with an informal writing style that introduced many new readers into the mysteries of concert dance.’
    • ‘Mungo's decades of experience reporting on politics have furnished him with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Australian scene, past and present.’
    • ‘Hosts are sweet and helpful; every single server I encountered had an encyclopedic knowledge about the food at hand.’
    • ‘Black manages to compress a good deal into a limited space, calling on his seemingly encyclopaedic knowledge of the period and his thorough acquaintance with a vast array of primary sources.’
    • ‘Hamilton, whose baseball column appeared each Saturday during the season, was respected for his encyclopedic knowledge of the game's history.’
    • ‘Being film scholars was beneficial because between the both of us we have an encyclopedic knowledge of the film noir genre.’
    comprehensive, complete, thorough, thoroughgoing, full, exhaustive, in-depth, wide-ranging, broad-ranging, broad-based, cross-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, all-inclusive, all-embracing, all-encompassing, universal, vast, compendious
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    1. 1.1 Relating to or containing names of famous people and places and information about words that is not simply linguistic.
      ‘a dictionary with encyclopedic material’
      • ‘Like the intellectual adventurers of the enlightenment, they foresee that an encyclopedic compendium of the facts of nature will reveal hidden truths.’
      • ‘The programmer will need to enter, laboriously, for each word in the system's lexicon, the different senses and the associated encyclopaedic knowledge.’
      • ‘The Ethnologue is an encyclopedic listing of the languages of the world.’
      • ‘There is, inevitably, an interpretation in these encyclopedic materials, but it is not offered in a way that prevents readers from using the data to argue for alternative readings.’