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1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of an encyclopedia.
2. Embracing many subjects; comprehensive: "an ignorance almost as encyclopedic as his erudition" (William James).

en·cy′clo·pe′di·cal·ly adv.


(ɛnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪk) or


1. (Library Science & Bibliography) of, characteristic of, or relating to an encyclopedia
2. covering a wide range of knowledge; comprehensive
enˌcycloˈpedically, enˌcycloˈpaedically adv


or en•cy•clo•pae•dic

(ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi dɪk)

1. pertaining to or of the nature of an encyclopedia; relating to all branches of knowledge.
2. embracing a wide variety of information; comprehensive.
en•cy`clo•pe′di•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.encyclopedic - broad in scope or content; "encyclopedic knowledge"
comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"


adjective comprehensive, full, complete, vast, universal, wide-ranging, thorough, in-depth, exhaustive, all-inclusive, all-embracing, all-encompassing, thoroughgoing He has an encyclopedic knowledge of 80s popular music.


[ɪnˌsaɪkləˈpiːdɪk] encyclopaedic (British) adj (= comprehensive) [knowledge] → encyclopédique



encyclopaedic [ɪnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪk] adjenciclopedico/a


(insaikləˈpiːdiə) noun
a reference work containing information on every branch of knowledge, or on one particular branch. an encyclopaedia of jazz; If you do not know the capital city of Hungary, look it up in an encyclopaedia.
enˌcycloˈp(a)edic adjective
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These encyclopedically arranged volumes provide biographical information for more than 350 influential people in the music industry, including "Early Life," "Life's Work," Personal Information," and "Further Reading" for each.
As Joseph Francese (1997: 17) states in Narrating Postmodern Time and Space, Calvino's "faith in the capability of reason to encyclopedically embrace the knowable caused him to place the subject at the center of all experience".
Following a lengthy introduction of the works of the metaseries and an examination of how they fit together, the remainder of the book is organized encyclopedically.
A unique, almost encyclopedically illustrated reference, "Tattoo Lettering Bible" is especially recommended browsing for anyone contemplating obtaining tattoos of there own and should be a part of every professional tattoo parlor's reference collection.
I like having these books in the exhibition, encyclopedically, and then of course carpets and paintings.
00--Friedman's book is the product of a penetrating, sympathetic, and encyclopedically well-informed engagement with Kant's Metaphysical Foundations over the course of three decades, and it deserves immediately to become the standard advanced scholarly work on that text.
by the naysayers of course, who are legion, and who nourish the novel with a bevy of splendid secondary roles created by the hand of a master; but mainly by a nonspecific entity called life--the real, the concrete world, whose complexity laughs at the violence that is done to it in the name of scientifically, encyclopedically, politically simplifying it.
Corp's book is, however, highly specialized, with many details that will be of more interest to antiquarians than historians; he describes the layout of the Palazzo del Re (and renovations) in great detail, provides a virtual roster of every member of the court and nearly every visitor, and describes the material culture encyclopedically.
This is "whig history" at its best: an encyclopedically sweeping, progress narrative of individual outliers who resisted social pressure to become writers and readers, usually of politically subversive or aesthetically significant texts.
What is needed in encyclopedically representing the breadth and depth of Islamic intellectual tradition is a radical departure from that framework of enquiry, so that the rich and diverse source material is able to speak to the contemporary reader in accessible idiom without compromising its content.
Raad's work now intimates a sophistic plan to record this new growth encyclopedically, yet his feelings about it seem ambivalent at best, from the title phrase "things I could disavow" to the most elaborate work here, Part I_Chapter 1_Section 139: The Atlas Group (1989-2004), 2008--a freestanding model gallery space with miniatures of Atlas Group works installed in it, including four diminutive but functioning videos.
Action scenes are devised to accentuate aspects of turn-of-the-century industrial London, ruffians of notably indestructible stature (particularly a scar-faced giant who just keeps on coming) and deaths of a diabolically creative nature that only the scientifically adept Blackwood could concoct and the encyclopedically knowledgeable Holmes could analyze.