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scho·​las·​tic skə-ˈla-stik How to pronounce scholastic (audio)
often capitalized : of or relating to Scholasticism
scholastic theology
scholastic philosophy
: suggestive or characteristic of a scholastic especially in subtlety or aridity : pedantic
dull scholastic reports
: of or relating to schools or scholars
especially : of or relating to high school or secondary school
scholastically adverb


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

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
Now tasked with leading his team while also pursuing his own scholastic goals, Mox must juggle the pressures of pleasing his football loving town and family at his own expense. Ilana Gordon,, 9 Sep. 2023 Ordinarily, retractions like these would not be newsworthy outside of the scholastic community, but in this case, some media outlets jumped at the chance to cover them. Erin Hawley, National Review, 15 Mar. 2024 To be considered for the internship, each candidate intern had to have an exemplary scholastic record along with an interest in politics, policy and public service. Lou Ponsi, Orange County Register, 5 Feb. 2024 Sydney's character, Julia, is more of a bookworm, more scholastic and nerdy. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 15 Feb. 2024 Aquinas, on the other hand, was too systematic, at least in his scholastic writings. John Byron Kuhner, National Review, 3 Feb. 2024 Advertisement The academically inclined boy from South County was destined for scholastic achievement, family members said last week. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Jan. 2024 An old corner bar is being made into a teachers’ communal work center with a copier, whiteboards and other scholastic amenities. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 13 Jan. 2024 Tank tops with cutouts, skinny or thick straps and mesh tops with adjustable rushing, even a maxi dress all came together to give the audience a scholastic fashion experience. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 19 Sep. 2023
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., 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., 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., 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)., 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., 10 June 2019 Interviews and scholastics make up the other 50 percent. Michael Dumas,, 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, 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., 7 May 2018

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of scholastic was in the 15th century

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“Scholastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of or relating to schools or scholars

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