Syriac Grammar With Bibliography Chrestomathy And Glossary Of Medical Terms

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1. A selection of literary passages, usually by one author.

2. An anthology used in studying a language.

[Greek khrēstomatheia : khrēstos, useful (from khrēsthai, to use; see gher- in Indo-European roots) + -matheia, body of learning (from manthanein, math-, to learn; see mendh- in Indo-European roots).]

chres′to·math′ic(krĕs′tə-măth′ĭk) adj.


n, pl-thies

(Linguistics) rare a collection of literary passages, used in the study of language

[C19: from Greek khrēstomatheia, from khrēstos useful + mathein to learn]

chrestomathic, chrestomathicaladj


(krɛsˈtɒm ə θi)

n., pl. -thies.

a collection of selected literary passages, often by one author and esp. from a foreign language.

[1825–35; < New Latin chrestomathia < Greek chrēstomátheia, derivative of chrēstó(s) useful]

chres`to•math′ic (-təˈmæθ ɪk) adj.


1. a collection of literary selections, especially in a foreign language, as an aid to learning.
2. a collection of literary selections from one author. — chrestomathie, adj.

See also: Collections and Collecting


 a selection of choice literary passages from one or more authors, 1832.

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Noun1.chrestomathy - a selection of passages from different authors that is compiled as an aid in learning a language

excerpt, excerption, extract, selection - a passage selected from a larger work; "he presented excerpts from William James' philosophical writings"


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