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A self-taught person.

[From Greek autodidaktos, self-taught : auto-, auto- + didaktos, taught; see didactic.]

au′to·di·dac′tic adj.


(Education) a person who is self-taught
[C16: from Greek autodidaktos self-taught, from autos self + didaskein to teach]
ˌautodiˈdactic adj


(ˌɔ toʊˈdaɪ dækt, -daɪˈdækt)

a person who has learned a subject without a teacher or formal education; self-taught person.
[1525–35; < Greek autodídaktos self-taught; see auto-1, didactic]
au`to•di•dac′tic, adj.
au`to•di•dac′ti•cal•ly, adv.


A person who is self-taught rather than having received formal education.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.autodidact - a person who has taught himselfautodidact - a person who has taught himself  
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"


[ˈɔːtəʊˌdaɪdækt] N (frm) → autodidacta mf


n (form)Autodidakt(in) m(f)
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Spall chews and sucks on his words, enjoying each one to the full: In his surviving letters and poetry, as here, Turner employed the stilted, courtly vocabulary of the autodidact.

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