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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.
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(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
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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.
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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"
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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.
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[ɪnˌsaɪkləˈpiːdɪk] encyclopaedic (British) adj (= comprehensive) [knowledge] → encyclopédique
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encyclopaedic [ɪnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪk] adjenciclopedico/a
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(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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Knowledgeably compiled and professionally edited by the team of Linsun Cheng, Kerry Brown, Winberg Chai, and Joan Lebold Cohen, this five-volume, 2800 page encyclopedic compendium of information features almost one thousand informed and informative articles contributed by outstanding scholars from China and around the world covering a complete spectrum of issues ranging from the geopolitical role of China in the modern world, to adoption practices, to the Zhou Dynasty, to it literary, artistic, religious, financial, and cultural contributions.
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