erudition

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n erudition profound scholarly knowledge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n erudition The act of instructing; the result of thorough instruction; the state of being erudite or learned; the acquisitions gained by extensive reading or study; particularly, learning in literature or criticism, as distinct from the sciences; scholarship. "The management of a young lady's person is not be overlooked, but the erudition of her mind is much more to be regarded.""The gay young gentleman whose erudition sat so easily upon him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n erudition Learning; scholarship; knowledge gained by study or from books and instruction; particularly, learning in literature, history, antiquities, and languages, as distinct from knowledge of the mathematical and physical sciences.
    • n erudition Synonyms Learning, Scholarship, Lore, etc. See literature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Erudition state of being erudite or learned: knowledge gained by study: learning, esp. in literature
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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. eruditio,: cf. F. érudition,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. erudīre, erudītum, to free from rudeness—e, from, rudis, rude.

Usage

In literature:

Their erudition was of a steadier and more solid nature than his own.
"Masques & Phases" by Robert Ross
There is no erudition, no sublime thought, nor any production which surpasses the ordinary capacities of the human mind.
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
But there should be no ostentatious or pedantic show of erudition.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
In his discourses he sometimes came out with a queer bit of erudition.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
The priest fascinated me with his erudition, which swam lightly on the crest of his talk.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
Historical erudition and sacred learning supplied him with ample sources of argument.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
His wonderful memory and vast erudition soon procured for him the title of Srikantha or Minerva-throated.
"Tales from the Hindu Dramatists" by R. N. Dutta
Gerard Maule was by no means wonderfully erudite.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Just to make everything sure, however, I sent the manuscript to Professor Wiggins, who is the most erudite man I ever met.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume III. (of X.)" by Various
I was thinking that some day when I get involved with Miriam in a particularly erudite discussion, I'd employ it myself.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
Erudite as they may be, their response to our question is scarcely more satisfactory.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No. V, May, 1863" by Various
He was a man of extensive erudition and devoted piety.
"Western Worthies" by J. Stephen Jeans
However, we are obliged to give Miss Frean the credit for most of our erudition.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
This is one of those works of colossal erudition of which German savants alone seem to have the secret.
"Europa's Fairy Book" by Joseph Jacobs
Their erudition was, however, marred by speculative extravagances.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
An Erudite Scholar and Zealous Tutor.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
He is said to have laid no claim to either oratorical power or professional erudition.
"Pioneer Surgery in Kentucky" by David W. Yandell
Isolation, Originality, and Erudition.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Or if perchance any of them did not, they lived, and talked, and read, and were as erudite about it, as though they did.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
Don't be afraid, I am not going to pester you with guide-book erudition.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
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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:

N some impossibly erudite television sitcom of the imagination, the Romanian-born philosopher E.
Paying homage to this humble, erudite, and mirthful man who transcends traditional lines between high art and commercial design.
Alger Hiss , the erudite diplomat and Harvard-trained government lawyer who was convicted of perjury in an espionage case that became one of the great riddles of the Cold War, died yesterday at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
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).
This erudite, poetic and occasionally provocative book traces Bach 's trajectory as performer and performed from his bewigged days in Leipzig, Germany, when churchgoers were treated to a fresh Bach composition every Sunday.
Rosen combined a concert pianist's virtuosity with a well-rounded cultural erudition that made him a forceful and sometimes feared presence in New York's intellectual circles.
If the latter, it would be a highly inventive campaign tactic as well as a tribute to Fluke 's erudition.
The word hipster has taken a pretty heavy beating in recent years, becoming the buzz word for someone looking to talk smack about the kind of erudite, nattily dressed young people packing clubs like Bar Smith.
My old pal Chris Bonanos, erudite senior editor at New York magazine, has just dropped a new book, Instant, The Story of Polaroid .
This romantic comedy tries to be all things to all people with its cutesy, erudite banter coupled with coarse language and a myriad of characters ranging from sweet to self-centered.
Rosen combined a concert pianist's virtuosity with a well-rounded cultural erudition that made him a forceful and sometimes feared presence in New York's intellectual circles.
On June 20th the arrestingly erudite Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, will be speaking at the Royal Society of Literature.
Writer makes a fortune on Silence of the Lambs, spends 10 years coursing the world researching, writing and over-researching a sequel filled with snack facts and ornate erudition smacking of autodidactic compulsion.
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 ' TV Anchor's Response To Being Called Fat.
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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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