er·​u·​di·​tion | \ ˌer-ə-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce erudition (audio) , ˌer-yə- \

Definition of erudition

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

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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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a scholar of remarkable erudition a scientist of impressive erudition but with a down-to-earth manner
Recent Examples on the Web There also seemed to be a terrible sadness behind the satire and erudition. Christopher Tayler, Harper’s Magazine , 17 Aug. 2022 Boundless erudition and eloquent exasperation define her essay collection, which provokes and discomfits, but ultimately engages, edifies, and thoroughly entertains. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 July 2022 So much for erudition when a 73-year-old artist asks himself the big question. Armond White, National Review, 15 July 2022 Known for his entertaining and often searing punditry, Harvard law grad Mystal here guides readers through the US Constitution with equal parts wit, erudition, and a ferocious fervor for all of us to understand and fight for our rights. Hanif Abdurraqib,, 10 June 2022 For all its density of detail and flourish of erudition, the book falls short of its promise to make a truly original case that Britain’s geography has been its destiny—any more than geography has been Japan’s, to name another proud island-nation. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 27 May 2022 Miranda’s instinct for the balance between erudition and entertainment is a template well worth taking purposefully to heart. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 These engrossing novels, written with an effortless erudition, were also a proving ground for Tynianov’s theories, demonstrating how literature emerges from the web of everyday life and is transformed by the movement of history. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, 29 Apr. 2021 In bringing many obscure sources to light, Mr. Holton, a professor of history at the University of South Carolina and the author of an acclaimed biography of Abigail Adams, demonstrates an impressive range of erudition. Adam Rowe, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of erudition

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Erudition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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