To learn by rote

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To learn by rote to memorize by repetition without exercise of the understanding.
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Usage

In literature:

You are not to learn them by rote, or to accept them on any authority.
"Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XXI., No. 531, March 6, 1886" by Various
Love, bred on earth, is often nursed in hell: By rote it reads woe, ere it learn to spell.
"The Age of Shakespeare" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Neither ought the child to be required to learn by rote long passages from the Scriptures.
"The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church" by G. H. Gerberding
He spoke to her for an hour, exhorting her never to forget her catechism, which she had learned by rote.
"Skookum Chuck Fables" by Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
He will never commit things to memory by thinking of their meaning, if he can learn them by rote.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Simple ceremonies, done by rote and common to Latin Europe; certainly not learned of the Moors.
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
She found it very hard to learn by rote all the psalms and hymns.
"Ditte: Girl Alive!" by Martin Andersen Nexo
A child is made as a punishment to learn by rote fifty lines of Virgil.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
Ability to learn and remember tunes BY ROTE; the MUSIC instinct and faculty.
"The Illustrated Self-Instructor in Phrenology and Physiology" by O. S. Fowler
Sciences may be learned by rote, said my father to Yorick.
"Auricular Confession and Popish Nunneries Volumes I. and II., Complete" by William Hogan
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In poetry:

Thou therefore didst desire me, as I guess,
That I shou'd all those points in verse express;
That so the younglings of our flocks by rote
Might learn to sing with ease, what thus was wrote.
"The Author's Letter To A Clergyman, Who Had Desired Him To Put The Catechism Of The Church Of Englan" by Rees Prichard