Definition of encyclopedic in English:


(also encyclopaedic)


  • 1Comprehensive in terms of information.

    ‘he has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of food’
    • ‘He had a real passion for his beloved native city and a completely encyclopaedic knowledge of its highways, byways and history.’
    • ‘But unfortunately much of that information, that encyclopaedic knowledge of their environment is being lost.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The twenty-four pieces gathered here reflect voracious curiosity, wanderlust, and encyclopedic knowledge of peoples, places, rituals, and religions.’
    • ‘He was one of the outstanding figures of twentieth century science - brilliant and passionate, with an encyclopedic knowledge of science, history and philosophy.’
    • ‘I was present at his Northern California seminars and remember vividly the amazement of the participants at his encyclopedic knowledge of aikido techniques.’
    • ‘Hamilton, whose baseball column appeared each Saturday during the season, was respected for his encyclopedic knowledge of the game's history.’
    • ‘Both of these individuals possess an encyclopedic knowledge of the lives of their fathers and have made themselves readily accessible to researchers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Being film scholars was beneficial because between the both of us we have an encyclopedic knowledge of the film noir genre.’
    • ‘Quite obviously, no single reviewer is competent to judge the reliability of every bit of material to be found in this encyclopedic book.’
    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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  • 2Relating to encyclopedias or information suitable for an encyclopedia.

    ‘a dictionary with encyclopedic material’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The programmer will need to enter, laboriously, for each word in the system's lexicon, the different senses and the associated encyclopaedic knowledge.’
    • ‘Like the intellectual adventurers of the enlightenment, they foresee that an encyclopedic compendium of the facts of nature will reveal hidden truths.’
    • ‘The Ethnologue is an encyclopedic listing of the languages of the world.’



/ɛnˌsʌɪklə(ʊ)ˈpiːdɪk/ /ɪnˌsʌɪklə(ʊ)ˈpiːdɪk/