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erudition

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noun er·u·di·tion \ˌer-ə-ˈdi-shən, ˌer-yə-\

Simple Definition of erudition

  • : impressive knowledge that is learned by studying

Full Definition of erudition

  1. :  extensive knowledge acquired chiefly from books :  profound, recondite, or bookish learning

Examples of erudition

  1. a scholar of remarkable erudition

  2. <a theologian of impressive erudition but with a down-to-earth manner>



15th Century

First Known Use of erudition

15th century

Synonym Discussion of erudition

knowledge, learning, erudition, scholarship mean what is or can be known by an individual or by humankind. knowledge applies to facts or ideas acquired by study, investigation, observation, or experience <rich in the knowledge of human nature>. learning applies to knowledge acquired especially through formal, often advanced, schooling <a book that demonstrates vast learning>. erudition strongly implies the acquiring of profound, recondite, or bookish learning <an erudition unusual even in a scholar>. scholarship implies the possession of learning characteristic of the advanced scholar in a specialized field of study or investigation <a work of first-rate literary scholarship>.


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