Definition of the Encyclopedia

ENCYCLOPEDIE, f. n. (Philosophy). This word means the interrelation of all knowledge; it is made up of the Greek prefix en, in, and the nouns kyklos, circle, and paideia, instruction, science, knowledge. In truth, the aim of an encyclopedia is to collect all the knowledge scattered over the earth, to present its general outlines and structure to the men with whom we live, and to transmit this to those who will come after us, so that the work of past centuries may be useful to the following centuries, that our children, by becoming more educated, may at the same time become more virtuous and happier, and that we may not die without having deserved well of the human race. . . .


The noble purpose of this important work.

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Human (0.946402): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Science (0.769721): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Time (0.698194): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Religion (0.697852): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
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Meaning of life (0.609608): dbpedia | freebase | yago
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Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book Chapter:  Diderot, Denis (1755), Encyclopédie, Vol. 5 (1755), pp. 635–648A, Paris, Retrieved on 2011-05-30
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    31 MAY 2011

     Two Definitions of "Encyclopedia"

    Definition of the Encyclopedia > Comparison > Definition of Encyclopedia V2
    The differences between these two definitions are minor in their wording, prompting reflection as to which statement is more enlightening.
    Folksonomies: encyclopedia semantics
    Folksonomies: encyclopedia semantics