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Renaissance man

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Definition a scholar during the Renaissance who was an expert in many fields of study (more common then because there was less to know)


someone with broad intellectual interests and accomplishments
  • She describes him as a Renaissance man and the most interesting person she's met.
  • A Renaissance man of the plains, he is a farmer, welder, businessman, machinist, ace mechanic, commodities speculator, licensed airplane pilot, computer programmer, electronics troubleshooter, video-game repairman.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Renaissance man = someone with broad interests and accomplishments
  • "I prefer the term renaissance man," Clyde said as he picked up his magazine again, which, I saw now, was a copy of Gourmet.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • The ideal became what we call the Renaissance man, a man of universal genius embracing all aspects of life, art, and science.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Every mode of violent death available to Renaissance man, including a lye pit, land mines, a trained falcon with envenom'd talons, is employed.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • He was the classic Renaissance man: he spoke four languages, spent a year studying at the London School of Economics, and had paid his way through school with a baseball scholarship.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • One would have to be a Renaissance man of letters, a verbal dandy, a Gongorist, a Marinist, a fop of the estilo culto, to endow the disciplines of reading and writing with such exaggerated educational importance and imagine that intellectual night reigned where such skills were lacking.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • So Luther was also a typical Renaissance man?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • But enough about the boldness of Renaissance man.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World

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