Definition of erudition
: extensive knowledge acquired chiefly from books : profound, recondite, or bookish learning
Examples of erudition in a Sentence
a scholar of remarkable erudition
a theologian of impressive erudition but with a down-to-earth manner
Recent Examples of erudition from the Web
A former Jesuit priest who left the order to marry and have children, McGirr is a man of letters who has a wild and woolly way with his erudition.
In keeping with Sasse’s studied performance of folksy erudition, this 18th-century text is a bit of a political-philosophy deep cut.
With skill and erudition, Rosefeldt’s film surveys the aftermath. Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Opens Friday.
With skill and erudition, Rosefeldt’s film surveys the aftermath.
This is the story narrated with great erudition and grace by Benjamin Martin in his new book The Nazi-Fascist New Order for European Culture.
Mokyr knows Asian history, and shows, in a truly humbling display of erudition, that in China the minds evolved but not the makers.
The raconteur who charmingly burbles during drinks is tapped out of stories by the time the oysters arrive; the genius who wears his erudition so lightly over appetizers starts clubbing you over the head with it during dessert.
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Definition of erudition for English Language Learners
: impressive knowledge that is learned by studying
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