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erudite

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adjective er·u·dite \ˈer-ə-ˌdīt, ˈer-yə-\

Simple Definition of erudite

  • : having or showing knowledge that is learned by studying

Full Definition of erudite

  1. :  having or showing knowledge that is gained by studying :  possessing or displaying erudition <an erudite scholar>

er·u·dite·ly adverb

Examples of erudite

  1. He wasn't bashful about showing himself to be feverishly erudite, … terminally droll, and a wizard phrasemaker. —Susan Sontag, New Yorker, 18 & 25 June 2001

  2. … an engaging fellow: erudite, entertaining, intolerant of trendiness and fearlessly old-fashioned. … He can turn a nice phrase, too. —Mordecai Richler, Wall Street Journal, 2 May 1995

  3. He was well read, especially in the works of Kipling, a field in which Violet could give him a game, and from time to time they would exchange erudite letters about Kipling characters. —Anthony Powell, The Strangers All are Gone, 1982

  4. <the most erudite people in medical research attended the conference>

  5. <an erudite lecture on the latest discoveries in astronomy>



Origin of erudite

Middle English erudit, from Latin eruditus, from past participle of erudire to instruct, from e- + rudis rude, ignorant


First Known Use: 15th century



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