er·​u·​di·​tion | \ˌer-ə-ˈdi-shən, 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

Examples of erudition in a Sentence

a scholar of remarkable erudition a theologian of impressive erudition but with a down-to-earth manner

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Dyer’s accompanying texts wear their erudition lightly. New York Times, "11 New Books We Recommend This Week," 5 Apr. 2018 This focused study showcases the erudition of one of our most eminent Shakespeare scholars. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy," 24 Apr. 2018 But after them, perhaps thanks to Lee’s erudition, her diplomacy with competing cultural factions, and her powers of persuasion, the votes are more or less foregone. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Delicate Art of Creating New Emoji," 28 June 2018 The result is an an extraordinarily vivid portrait of a man admired not just for his intelligence and erudition, but also for his character, wisdom, and humor. Frank Wilson,, "'Evolution of Desire': René Girard, a man in full," 6 July 2018 Indeed, Trump triumphed despite having all of Cohn’s debits, wartime draft dodging included, but none of his assets — legal cunning, erudition, a sense of humor, brainpower, and loyalty. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "The Original Donald Trump," 29 Apr. 2018 His voice, clipped and nasal, had a bantam toughness, and his sentences (in life, not literature) make regular detours from formidable erudition into the slangy and profane. Mark Binelli, New York Times, "Is the Next Nobel Laureate in Literature Tending Bar in a Dusty Australian Town?," 27 Mar. 2018 But his most recent recording, a lively, interactive duo effort with Eliza from 2014 called The Moral of the Elephant (Topic), captures his typical mix of soul, erudition, and historical fidelity. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Singer and guitarist Martin Carthy has brought an ecumenical breadth to British folk tradition for nearly six decades," 6 Apr. 2018 Galland lived in the house of one of Louis’s worst enforcers, the Intendant Nicolas-Joseph Foucault, who brutalized Protestants by day and supported erudition, Oriental learning and archeology by night. Jacob Soll, The New Republic, "How Islam Shaped the Enlightenment," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of erudition

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of erudition

: impressive knowledge that is learned by studying

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