scho·​las·​tic | \skə-ˈla-stik \

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

b : pedant, formalist

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 \ 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

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 Stotesbury is the world’s oldest and largest scholastic rowing event. Rick O'brien,, "Rowers and coaches adjust to Stotesbury Cup Regatta's move," 17 May 2018 He was awarded the Bobby Smith Trophy, given annually to the OHL’s scholastic player of the year, for the 2017-18 season. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes select Barrett Hayton with No. 5 overall pick in NHL draft," 22 June 2018 O’Connor, who plans to study finance at Notre Dame, also is a prominent member of the scholastic bowl team, where her specialty is history and art. Rich Mayor,, "Nora O'Connor brings next-level intellect to Fenwick softball," 25 Apr. 2018 The companies sponsor elite summer-league or non-scholastic teams that have little oversight and feature players that colleges desperately want. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Basketball Panel Doesn’t Tackle Athlete Compensation Issue," 25 Apr. 2018 Betz was the long-time basketball coach and athletic director at Wildwood and one of the early proponents of girls’ sports in South Jersey scholastic competition. Phil Anastasia,, "State to honor late, great coaches with Hall of Fame inductions," 6 Apr. 2018 Virtually every top scholastic runner in the Northeast has competed at Van Cortlandt in the past 45 years. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "America’s Next Great Running Hope, and One of the Cruelest Twists in Youth Sports," 8 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of scholastic

: of or relating to education


scho·​las·​tic | \skə-ˈla-stik \

Kids Definition of scholastic

: relating to schools, students, or education

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