[aw-toh-dahy-dakt, -dahy-dakt]
a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person.

1525–35; < Greek autodídaktos self-taught; see auto-, didactic

autodidactic, adjective
autodidactically, adverb Unabridged
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autodidact (ˈɔːtəʊˌdaɪdækt)
a person who is self-taught
[C16: from Greek autodidaktos self-taught, from autos self + didaskein to teach]

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Example sentences
Pioneer gets detailed field reports from an obsessed autodidact.
He inspired his players to pursue their education and even lectured them on military history, of which he was an autodidact.
He became a voracious autodidact of music, literature, history and philosophy.
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