Pronunciation /ˈpansə(ʊ)fi/
Universal or encyclopedic knowledge; a scheme, work, or programme attempting to embrace the whole body of human knowledge.
Chiefly with reference or allusion to Comenius’s scheme for creating a universal encyclopaedia of human knowledge.

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Hartlib (d. ?1670). From post-classical Latin pansophia universal knowledge from ancient Greek πάνσοϕος clever in every way (from παν- + σοϕός wise) + post-classical Latin -ia.


Bob was amazed to learn that pansophy had nothing to do with knowing about pots and pans.

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