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Jul 3, 2014
This week's theme
Words to describe people

This week's words
mossback
misanthrope
bon vivant
autodidact
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Lincoln, the autodidact
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with Anu Garg

autodidact

PRONUNCIATION:
(ah-to-DY-dakt)

MEANING:
noun: A self-taught person.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek autodidaktos (self-taught), from autos (self) + didaktos (taught). Earliest documented use: 1534.

USAGE:
"Tom didn't do particularly well in school because of problems with attention disorder, hyperactivity, and even a streak of mischievousness. Instead, he became an autodidact, using his intense interest in reading to educate himself."
Sharon Salyer; He Was the Love of Her Life; The Herald (Everett, Washington); May 7, 2014.

See more usage examples of autodidact in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being. -Franz Kafka, novelist (1883-1924)

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