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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.
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Adj.1.autodidactic - relating to or having the characteristics of an autodidactautodidactic - relating to or having the characteristics of an autodidact
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subset]] doctrine of sainthood, see my article, "The Uwaysi Spirit of Autodidactic Sainthood as the Breath of the Merciful," Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn [Arabi.
In his raffish, autodidactic nonage Lambert had mysteriously acquired a prose style that blended Macaulayan confidence with Nietzschean spite--"the loudspeaker is the streetwalker of music" counts as one of his tamer epigrams.
As a complement to K-12 presentations, the Foundation provides staff with instructional tools for teachers with autodidactic, hands-on activities developed by Junior Achievement (7th through 10th grades, global) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (5th through 8th grades, global).
Similarly, the late street calligrapher Tsang Tsou Choi was represented by one of his most significant surviving pieces, a curbside utility box on which he scrawled his autodidactic writings on the territorial status of Hong Kong (The 19th Ancestor Tsang Pen Kam .
Malcolm X brought this autodidactic erudition into the discourse on American racism.
Indeed, his autodidactic reading ranged widely from Plato to Nietzsche, Sophocles to Browning, and Darwin to Einstein.
Yet an excessive, ecumenical barrage will not win him favor with readers skeptical of sincerity and autodidactic erudition.
The "several Books," his stage props, are at once symbolic of, and coextensive with, the mental world this bookish lecturer inhabits--has inhabited from a prodigiously young age, Coleridge occasionally reminded his contemporaries--as he takes up "two or three of them silently," enacting before his audience the autodidactic process by which he achieved the authority he has assumed in lecturing to them on his specialized topic.
She is currently making her first autodidactic attempts at writing words and reading.
He examines West's combination of Soviet orthodoxy and dissidence, Fox's writing on socialist novels and defense of the Soviet idea of positive heroism, and how Caudwell took several elements from Soviet theory but refracted them through his own autodidactic mind.
John Garang but, on principle, I admired one quality in him: extensive reading and autodidactic attitude.
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