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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Other Words from scholastic


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for scholastic

Synonyms: Adjective

academic (also academical), educational, intellectual, scholarly

Antonyms: Adjective

nonacademic, noneducational, unacademic, unscholarly

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Examples of scholastic in a Sentence


a college that gives a higher priority to scholastic endeavors than to athletic pursuits

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In contrast to Fazlullah’s infamous brutality, the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban has a scholastic and literary background. Washington Post, "Pakistani Taliban choose new chief in place of Fazlullah," 23 June 2018 Folkstyle wrestling is the style most commonly competed in United States scholastic and collegiate wrestling and is distinguished from the freestyle version more common to international wrestling by allowing more moves from the bottom position. Mark Schmetzer,, "Colerain female wrestler Smith moves up in national rankings," 6 Mar. 2018 Aside from sharing her parents’ story, the video highlights Heng’s scholastic success, including her degrees from Stanford University and Yale University. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "GOP congressional candidate says Facebook 'rejected' ad depicting parents' survival of Cambodia genocide," 7 Aug. 2018 The students at both schools were selected by the faculty and the American Legion Post for their scholastic and leadership abilities. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 2 July 2018 Open space on the property that is adjacent to Haddonfield Memorial High School could be developed for recreational or scholastic sports use. Kevin Riordan,, "After 12 years, South Jersey town's battle over former Bancroft site may be far from over," 13 May 2018 As the government braces for a fourth weekend of protests, discontent spread Monday to ambulance workers and some high schools with students upset about scholastic reforms. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "Violent protests in France reveal a hard-to-heal fracture," 4 Dec. 2018 My Greek teacher, a scholastic named McGoldrick, smoked unfiltered Camels down to his yellow-stained knuckles. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "The Sexual Revolution and the Church," 24 Oct. 2018 The last scholastic football player to die in Texas is believed to be a high school freshman who collapsed at practice last September in the town of Emory, about 75 miles east of Dallas. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Texas middle school football player, 13, dies after medical emergency during practice," 23 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 All-scholastics Gabrielle Bailey Lawrence Academy | Junior A 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter from Westborough, Bailey was the Independent League MVP in her first season for the Spartans (8-1)., "2017-18 Girls' Volleyball All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 All-scholastics Nicole Bonacorso Masconomet | Sophomore The sophomore finished third in the all-around at the North Sectional led by a second-place score of 9.325 on the floor exercise., "2017-18 Girls' Gymnastics All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 All-scholastics Riley Brown Canton | Senior The 5-9 Hockomock League All-Star posted five shutouts and a stingy 1.09 goals against average as a senior., "2017-18 Field Hockey All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 All-scholastics Margot Appleton A freshman from Mattaposett, Appleton was the Eastern Independent League MVP., "2017-18 Girls' Cross-country All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 All-scholastics Alex Burt Fifth in Mass Bay West a year ago, the lanky 6-foot-3 junior was the league champion and MVP this winter, churning out a fifth-place finish at the state meet in the Patriots’ push to their first title since 1986., "2017-18 Boys' Skiing (nordic) All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 All-scholastics Regan Benton Oliver Ames | Senior With a 1.22 goals against average, Benton led the Tigers to a berth in the Division 1 South sectionals., "2017-18 Girls' Soccer All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of scholastic


1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1644, 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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The first known use of scholastic was in 1596

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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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