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 As the coronavirus continues to infect millions and kill hundreds of thousands in the United States, returning kids to their scholastic normalcy is proving to be a halting, difficult process. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | PETULA DVORAK: School daze," 14 Feb. 2021 The selection committee will take into consideration each applicant’s financial need, special circumstances, character, scholastic record, involvement in community service and commitment to the city of Parma. John Benson, cleveland, "Andrew Boyko Scholarship Foundation accepting applications from Class of 2021 Parma residents," 10 Dec. 2020 Bauer sat next to Luba in a class, and the scholastic All-American’s attention to detail caught his eye. Susan Slusser,, "How Monterey’s Rachel Luba is upending the man’s world of baseball agents," 1 Dec. 2020 The comorbidity with the highest odds ratio, 3.06, was developmental disorders, such as delays in development and disorders of speech and language, scholastic skills, and central auditory processing. Robin Gelburd, STAT, "Developmental disorders top the medical conditions that heighten the risk of dying from Covid-19," 11 Nov. 2020 Until then, scholastic chess had been dominated by mostly white players from elite schools such as Dalton, Hunter College High School and Trinity. Joe Lemire, New York Times, "A Star of the ‘Raging Rooks,’ He Helped Change the Face of N.Y.C. Chess," 6 Nov. 2020 The award, consisting of a Bronze Cross and certificate, recognizes scholastic excellence in naval science and academic subjects and stimulates development of leadership. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Oct. 29," 29 Oct. 2020 In addition to her high scholastic grade-point average, Jenkins held a number of school offices and assisted in several community organizations, including National FFA Organization and the Special Olympics., "St. Tammany students graduate, achieve scholastically, get awards," 21 Sep. 2020 The Friends of Solana Beach Library recently awarded scholarships to students who have shown excellence in scholastic achievements, extracurricular activities, career goals and in civic responsibility. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Sept. 17," 17 Sep. 2020 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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23 Feb 2021

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“Scholastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 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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