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This is a person who can talk about any topic related to any field; for example, medical, politics, history, engineering, etc. and not just in a boasting way, this person actually posses knowledge in these fields mainly by reading books, magazines etc. Also, this word is not used in a sarcastic way, it's actually a deferential word.

The person is not necessary to posses 'deep knowledge' of the subject, just enough to converse with people.

  • conversationalist, or raconteur (strong tinge towards teller of colorful anecdotes ) are a couple situational words for types of people who easily talk or take the stage. (might not be what you're angling towards though) – Tom22 Jun 8 '17 at 20:23
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polymath

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  1. a person of great learning in several fields of study; polyhistor.

[dictionary.com]

  • A backwards-check for 'polymath' shows that this is not original. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 8 '17 at 11:15

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