erudition

noun er·u·di·tion \ ˌer-ə-ˈdi-shən , ˌer-yə- \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of erudition

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

Examples of erudition in a Sentence

  1. a scholar of remarkable erudition

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

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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

ERUDITION Defined for English Language Learners

erudition

noun

Definition of erudition for English Language Learners

  • : impressive knowledge that is learned by studying



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