erudite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj erudite having or showing profound knowledge "a learned jurist","an erudite professor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a erudite Characterized by extensive reading or knowledge; well instructed; learned. "A most erudite prince.""Erudite . . . theology."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • erudite Instructed; taught; learned; deeply read.
    • erudite Characterized by erudition.
    • n erudite A learned person.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Erudite er′ōō-dīt learned
    • n Erudite a learned person
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Quotations

  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Master and Doctor are my titles; for ten years now, without repose, I held my erudite recitals and led my pupils by the nose.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
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    “Erudition. Dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. eruditus, p. p. of erudire, to free from rudeness, to polish, instruct; e, out + rudis, rude: cf. F. érudit,. See Rude

Usage

In literature:

In education he was erudite; in person, comely and of good stature; in manners, a gentleman, and a sincere Christian.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
His erudition sat lightly on him, for it was simply a means to the end of his art.
"John Lyly" by John Dover Wilson
In this His words differed essentially from the erudite utterances of scribes, Pharisees and rabbis.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
Neither was Parson Dale very erudite in ecclesiastical architecture.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851" by Various
Hodgskin was a man of great culture and erudition, with a genius for popular writing upon difficult topics.
"Socialism" by John Spargo
He was a man of commanding presence, of extensive erudition, of quick and ready wit, of elegant manners and bearing.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
In Europe, erudition, research, and collections of rules have not been wanting.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864" by Various
But the eighteenth century was not the century of erudition.
"Diderot and the Encyclopædists" by John Morley
But such is fame, at least in America, where erudition is not appreciated as it is in "pagan" China.
"As A Chinaman Saw Us" by Anonymous
His work on the Mystery of Numbers is one of the most exhaustive and erudite ones of the mystic writers.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
Of his erudition they were proud, even to worship.
"A Brace Of Boys" by Fitz Hugh Ludlow
He was accounted a man of parts and erudition, and had obtained high honors at his university.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Limited as was Clive's education, he was a person of erudition compared with Forrest, who read with difficulty.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
When she is sparing in her erudition she is delightful.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
The humanist needed to know how to carry a great erudition and to endure a succession of various positions and occupations.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Sully complacently remarks, that none of the councillors gave the king any great reason to felicitate them on their erudition.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
As a lawyer he won more than ordinary success, making good his lack of erudition by shrewdness and knowledge of human nature.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
With the erudite Chapelain he mediated between the scholarship and the polite society of the time.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
Judges of equal erudition will now speak as respondents.
"Moon Lore" by Timothy Harley
This erudite priest, born in 1067, was the founder of historical writing in Iceland.
"The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Fiske
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In poetry:

They did but lure me to unrest,
Unanswered questioning, longings vain,
As when one scans some palimpsest
No erudition can explain;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Come great men who upon our earth
Had held a lofty mission,
The spacious ones of lordly birth,
The cunning politician,
And gentlemen of holy worth
Or wondrous erudition.
"The Auction" by Edward Dyson
Professors back from secret missions
Resume their proper eruditions,
Though some regret it;
They liked their dictaphones a lot,
T hey met some big wheels, and do not
Let you forget it.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden

In news:

On the other hand President Obama is eloquent, charismatic, glib, and erudite.
He is supremely learned, wearing his gigantic erudition ostentatiously on both sleeves.
ZACKARY, the curbside bookseller outside Bobst Library for years, has an erudition that could put some college lecturers to shame.
N some impossibly erudite television sitcom of the imagination, the Romanian-born philosopher E.
Jon Robin Baitz may be a wonderful, erudite writer, with a new play closing this week at an important new venue (Center Theater Group's Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City).
Could there be a " Lücke " in Harry Levin's formidable erudition.
The wielder of a weird and wonderful erudition.
From goofy to erudite, more than three dozen theories have attempted to explain the origins of grassy mounds that dot the prairies of south of Olympia.
Lanky maestros of minimalist deadpan, Jim Jarmusch and Bill Murray somehow never got together until 2003's Coffee and Cigarettes, wherein the actor drank straight from the pot in the erudite company of RZA and GZA.
Behind the bronze doors of the city's most sophisticated, most crafted high-rise apartment — a three-year adventure for a scholarly architect and an erudite decorator.
If the latter, it would be a highly inventive campaign tactic as well as a tribute to Fluke 's erudition.
My old pal Chris Bonanos, erudite senior editor at New York magazine, has just dropped a new book, Instant, The Story of Polaroid .
On June 20th the arrestingly erudite Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, will be speaking at the Royal Society of Literature.
Skim through the names of Mitt Romney's recently announced foreign policy team, and you will be struck by the high level of experience, erudition, and pragmatism across the list.
Bully Creep' Or 'Erudite Takedown ?
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In science:

Some time after joining the Fermi group, Ma jorana already had such an erudition and reached such a high level of comprehension of physics that he was able to discuss with Fermi about scientific problems.
Ettore Majorana and his heritage seventy years later
I thank Jae-Suk Park for sharing his enthusiastic ideas and knowledge with me. I admire his erudition and I enjoy our conversations about physics and beyond very much.
Symmetries and interactions in matrix string theory
He is a person of great physical erudition and professional concern for students.
Search for Gamma Ray Emission from Galactic Plane with Milagro
The derivation of these results and some history and erudite discussion can be conveniently found in the book by Hughes .
Lattice Green functions in all dimensions
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