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n. pl. chres·tom·a·thies
1. A selection of literary passages, usually by one author.
2. An anthology used in studying a language.

[Greek khrēstomatheia : khrēstos, useful (from khrēsthai, to use; see gher- in Indo-European roots) + -matheia, body of learning (from manthanein, math-, to learn; see mendh- in Indo-European roots).]

chres′to·math′ic (krĕs′tə-măth′ĭk) adj.


n, pl -thies
(Linguistics) rare a collection of literary passages, used in the study of language
[C19: from Greek khrēstomatheia, from khrēstos useful + mathein to learn]
chrestomathic, chrestomathical adj


(krɛsˈtɒm ə θi)

n., pl. -thies.
a collection of selected literary passages, often by one author and esp. from a foreign language.
[1825–35; < New Latin chrestomathia < Greek chrēstomátheia, derivative of chrēstó(s) useful]
chres`to•math′ic (-təˈmæθ ɪk) adj.


1. a collection of literary selections, especially in a foreign language, as an aid to learning.
2. a collection of literary selections from one author. — chrestomathie, adj.
See also: Collections and Collecting


 a selection of choice literary passages from one or more authors, 1832.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chrestomathy - a selection of passages from different authors that is compiled as an aid in learning a language
excerpt, excerption, extract, selection - a passage selected from a larger work; "he presented excerpts from William James' philosophical writings"
References in classic literature ?
Fragment #1 -- Photius, Epitome of the Chrestomathy of Proclus: The Epic Cycle begins with the fabled union of Heaven and Earth, by which they make three hundred-handed sons and three Cyclopes to be born to him.
Such chance occurrences are serendipitously amusing, but my primary focus is on intentional punning, especially my own creations, a new chrestomathy of which is below.
I suppose back then I'd have called a book like this latest one a chrestomathy, swiping from H.
In his chrestomathy, Laszlo Keresztes (1990:67) discusses the suffixes only in an enumerative manner and considers the -ma, -mo/-me elements to be abstract nominal suffixes (valgoma 'perching, slope', eramo 'life') and suffixes referring to instruments and tools (izamo 'harrow', sulgamo 'clasp, fastener, buckle'.
A Chrestomathy of Crypt-ology (1980), called the final paragraph of Wollheim's "Bones" perhaps "the most vivid and gruesome in all of macabre fiction" (27).
Baltimore Sun, April 11, 1935 (also called "On Trial" in A Mencken Chrestomathy.
A Manual of the Aramaic Language of the Babylonian Talmud: Grammar, Chrestomathy, and Glossaries.
dead, Ezra alone of my old masters alive, let me acknowledge Eliot was one of them, I was one of his, whose "History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors" comes into the chrestomathy.
17) The Chrestomathy by Proclus contained a resume of the poems of the Cycle.
Irresponsible Freaks, Highball Guzzlers, and Unabashed Grafters: A Bob Edwards Chrestomathy edited by James Martin.