scho·​las·​tic | \ skə-ˈla-stik How to pronounce scholastic (audio) \

Definition of scholastic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a often capitalized : of or relating to Scholasticism scholastic theology scholastic philosophy
b : suggestive or characteristic of a scholastic especially in subtlety or aridity : pedantic dull scholastic reports
2 : of or relating to schools or scholars especially : of or relating to high school or secondary school



Definition of scholastic (Entry 2 of 2)

1a capitalized : a Scholastic philosopher
2 [New Latin scholasticus, from Latin scholasticus, adjective] : a student in a scholasticate
3 : a person who adopts academic or traditional methods in art

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scholastically \ skə-​ˈla-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce scholastic (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for scholastic

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of scholastic in a Sentence

Adjective a college that gives a higher priority to scholastic endeavors than to athletic pursuits
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The scandal, which erupted in mid-March, rocked the scholastic sports world, making headlines across the country and precipitating an investigation by the Anti-Defamation League of New England., "In Duxbury, a celebrated football team with a boorish underside," 28 Apr. 2021 Another forces transgender athletes in scholastic and intercollegiate sports to compete as the gender assigned to them at birth. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "Will Anti-Trans Laws Upend Cycling in Arkansas?," 23 Apr. 2021 Even just watching their kids sleepwalk through months of scholastic gloom and Zoom has given parents reason enough to be concerned. Tom Bartlett, The Atlantic, "The Suicide Wave That Never Was," 21 Apr. 2021 The third and fourth weeks in June are reserved for scholastic events, which are put on by state athletic or coaches associations. Matt Goul, cleveland, "National High School Basketball Coaches Association summer conference coming to Cleveland in July," 19 Apr. 2021 The Florida House passed a bill that would bar transgender athletes from competing in women’s and girl’s scholastic sports. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Florida set to join list of states that bar transgender athletes from competing in women's sports," 15 Apr. 2021 The lieutenant governor added that the same airline had opposed a 2017 proposal regarding transgender athletes participating in scholastic sports. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Abbott, Patrick defend Texas election bill from corporations 'that don't share our values'," 2 Apr. 2021 One type of bill, introduced in at least 25 states, seeks to ban trans girls and young women from participating in female scholastic sports. David Crary, ajc, "A first: US Senate confirms transgender doctor for key post," 24 Mar. 2021 Criteria for the award include: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Hobey Baker Award top 10 includes four with Minnesota ties," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All-scholastics Davy Appleton Portsmouth Abbey | Sophomore The Eastern Independent League MVP with a 24-5 record, the junior from Mattapoisett placed third at 160 pounds at the New England Prep tournament., "2017-18 Wrestling All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 All-scholastics Antonio Anastasiades Anastasiades won the Division 1 100 breaststroke (57.69) and the North sectional 200 IM 1:57.49), joining his brother, Chris, as the only top five finishers for Lynnfield/Wakefield., "2018-19 Boys' Swimming All-Scholastics," 10 June 2019 All-scholastics Malia Amuan North Andover | Freshman The freshman won two titles at the Division 1 state championship, setting a meet record in each., "2018-19 Swimming All-Scholastics," 10 June 2019 All-scholastics Colin Babineau Braintree | Senior The senior was fifth overall at the state championship with 43.5 points, including a second-place finish on pommel horse (7.2)., "2018-19 Boys' Gymnastics All-Scholastics," 10 June 2019 All-scholastics Margot Appleton Portsmouth Abbey | Sophomore The two-time Eastern Independent League MVP from Mattapoisett matched her older brother, Davy, with first-place finishes at the EIL and New England Prep Division 3 races., "2018-19 Girls' Cross-country All-Scholastics," 10 June 2019 Interviews and scholastics make up the other 50 percent. Michael Dumas,, "Dora Guo of Illinois reigns as DYW 2019," 29 June 2019 There are about 16,000 Jesuit priests, brothers, scholastics and novices worldwide, according to the Society of Jesus website. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Brebeuf Jesuit Indianapolis controversy: What are Jesuits?," 20 June 2019 All-scholastics Brian Brennan St. John’s Prep | Senior Brennan, a senior midfielder, earned All-New England honors after leading the Eagles to the Division 1 semifinals and a North sectional title., "2017-18 Boys' Soccer All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of scholastic


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for scholastic


Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin scholasticus of the schoolmen, from Latin, of a school, from Greek scholastikos, from scholazein to keep a school, from scholē school

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6 May 2021

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“Scholastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scholastic

: of or relating to education


scho·​las·​tic | \ skə-ˈla-stik How to pronounce scholastic (audio) \

Kids Definition of scholastic

: relating to schools, students, or education

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