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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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(Education) a person who is self-taught
[C16: from Greek autodidaktos self-taught, from autos self + didaskein to teach]
ˌautodiˈdactic adj
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(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.
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A person who is self-taught rather than having received formal education.
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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"
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[ˈɔːtəʊˌdaɪdækt] N (frm) → autodidacta mf
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n (form)Autodidakt(in) m(f)
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Like Benjamin Franklin, Sam Clemens was an autodidact; unlike Franklin, however, who never tired of bragging in his Autobiography about depriving himself of sleep in order to find the time to read and broaden his intellectual horizons, Clemens professed himself a habitually "lazy man." Yet even a cursory glance at books from his personal library tells a very different story.

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