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chrestomathy Line breaks: chres|tom¦athy
Pronunciation: /krɛˈstɒməθi/

Definition of chrestomathy in English:

noun (plural chrestomathies)

A selection of passages from an author or authors, designed to help in learning a language.
Example sentences
  • Despite structural similarities between Orientalist chrestomathies and Westermarck's ethnography, the principles regulating their interpretation were not the same.
  • I may quote more, and compare it to other chrestomathies if anyone's interested.
  • This publication is most welcome since the chrestomathies of the twentieth century have long been out of print.


Mid 19th century: from Greek khrēstomatheia, from khrēstos 'useful' + -matheia 'learning'.

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