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 scholastically (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 Gatorade award honors an athlete who blends athletic excellence with scholastic accomplishment and exemplary character. Josh Bean |, al, "Vestavia Hills state champ named state’s No. 1 boys cross country runner," 10 Feb. 2020 The agency doesn’t operate its facilities directly, instead awarding grants to organizations, typically nonprofit and charitable concerns, to provide everything from food and beds to scholastic curriculum and therapy. Aaron Cantú, The New Republic, "How Democrats Abetted Trump’s Bloated Border Regime," 7 Jan. 2020 The city of Sunrise and Mayor Michael Ryan have been at the forefront of promoting chess with scholastic chess programs for educational purposes as well as making a social impact in the community. Emmett Hall,, "Demystifying Chess workshop educates veterans, military and first responders," 7 Nov. 2019 The idea that colleges are protected by something called scholastic sanctuary. Wired, "HBO's His Dark Materials Is a Smart Pragmatic Adaptation," 29 Oct. 2019 Community service, leadership abilities and outstanding scholastic achievement are also required. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "FFA announces county’s American Degree candidates," 20 Sep. 2019 While some may view it as non-scholastic and trivial, our feeling is that athletics (and, in particular, the large, revenue-generating sports) present the single most unifying and culturally identifying aspect of USC. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Dear USC president Carol Folt: A (very real made up) letter from Pac-12 constituents," 18 Sep. 2019 Schools honored at journalism awards Several North County schools were honored at the recent Columbia Scholastic Press Association awards for scholastic publications, held at Columbia University in New York. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Sept. 12," 12 Sep. 2019 Josh is the guy on the team everyone looks up to, the model of persistence, leadership and scholastic achievement. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Making Nick Saban and Alabama football great comes at painful cost," 21 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 All-scholastics Lucas Aramburu Aramburu placed third at the All-State meet with a time of 15:45., "2017-18 Boys' Cross-country 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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15 Feb 2020

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“Scholastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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