Definition of Renaissance man

1. Noun. A modern scholar who is in a position to acquire more than superficial knowledge about many different interests. "A statistician has to be something of a generalist"

Exact synonyms: Generalist
Generic synonyms: Bookman, Scholar, Scholarly Person, Student
Antonyms: Specialist

2. Noun. A scholar during the Renaissance who (because knowledge was limited) could know almost everything about many topics.

Definition of Renaissance man

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of renaissance man) ¹

2. Noun. a man with extraordinarily broad and comprehensive knowledge. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Renaissance Man

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Renaissance man (current term)
Renaissance men
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Renaut body
Rendu-Osler-Weber syndrome
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Rene Descartes
Rene Magritte

Literary usage of Renaissance man

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Mind AT Work: We are Our Questionsby Mercedes Vilanova, Mihai Nadin, Frederic Chordá by Mercedes Vilanova, Mihai Nadin, Frederic Chordá (2003)
"Renaissance man in post-modern times — a great distinction, and one for which many of us would ... And what exactly would characterize a Renaissance man? ..."

2. Europe in the Middle Age by Oliver Joseph Thatcher, Edgar Holmes McNeal (1920)
"The Renaissance man, abounding with life, energy, and ambition, justified the ... Moreover, ambition—a common characteristic of the Renaissance man—led many ..."

3. James Russell Lowell: His Life and Work by Ferris Greenslet (1905)
"... for the Renaissance man, and the Renaissance man for the student of more modern literature — he had nothing; and when in his last years these began- to ..."

4. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1908)
"... and so with the artistic capacity of the Renaissance. Man: man plus architecture and clothes: man plus architecture and clothes plus a few flowers and ..."

5. Lectures on the Harvard Classics by William Allan Neilson (1914)
"... and so doing became the Renaissance man enraptured by what lay within his field of vision, and allured by the infinite promise of what lay beyond. ..."

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