What is the difference between factotum and polymath?

factotum | polymath |

Factotum is a coordinate term of polymath.


As nouns the difference between factotum and polymath

is that factotum is (dated) a person having many diverse activities]] or [[responsibility|responsibilities while polymath is a person with extraordinarily broad and comprehensive knowledge.

factotum

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • (dated) A person having many diverse activities]] or [[responsibility, responsibilities.
  • (dated) A general servant.
  • * 1847 , , Chapter 73,
  • I had almost forgotten Monee, the grinning old man who prepared our meal. […] He was Po-Po’s factotum —cook, butler, and climber of the bread-fruit and cocoa-nut trees; and, added to all else, a mighty favourite with his mistress; with whom he would sit smoking and gossiping by the hour.
  • A jack of all trades.
  • An individual employed to do all sorts of duties.
  • Synonyms

    * (jack of all trades) handyman, jack of all trades, sciolist * (general servant) do-all

    References

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    polymath

    Alternative forms

    * (l), (l)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A person with extraordinarily broad and comprehensive knowledge.
  • * 1624 , , (The Anatomy of Melancholy) (2nd edn.), p.6:
  • To be thought and held Polumathes and Polihistors.

    Synonyms

    * polyhistor * renaissance man

    Antonyms

    * monomath

    Coordinate terms

    * factotum, handyman, jack of all trades, sciolist

    References

    * “ polymath, n. (a.)'']” listed in the '' [2nd ed., 1989 * “ polymath, n. ''and'' adj.'']” listed in the ''Oxford English Dictionary [3rd ed., September 2006