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[skuh-las-tik] /skəˈlæs tɪk/
adjective, Also, scholastical
of or relating to schools, scholars, or education:
scholastic attainments.
of or relating to secondary education or schools:
a scholastic meet.
of or relating to the medieval schoolmen.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a schoolman, a disciple of the schoolmen, or an adherent of scholasticism.
a pedantic person.
Roman Catholic Church. a student in a scholasticate.
Origin of scholastic
1590-1600; < Latin scholasticus < Greek scholastikós studious, learned, derivative of scholázein to be at leisure to study. See school1, -tic
Related forms
scholastically, adverb
antischolastic, adjective, noun
antischolastically, adverb
hyperscholastic, adjective
hyperscholastically, adverb
nonscholastic, adjective
nonscholastical, adjective
nonscholastically, adverb
postscholastic, adjective
prescholastic, adjective
proscholastic, adjective
pseudoscholastic, adjective
pseudoscholastically, adverb
quasi-scholastic, adjective
quasi-scholastically, adverb
semischolastic, adjective
semischolastically, adverb
unscholastic, adjective
unscholastically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scholastic
  • The results of the experiments where scholastic performance was rewarded were uniformly disappointing.
  • There is little room for grace or fancy in these learned and scholastic performances.
  • The critics of the scholastic school place their poets in a strange position.
  • The pursuit turned out to be long and tortuous, leading at last to the vast forests of scholastic science.
  • Those in science would tend to have a roll model somewhere in their scholastic experience that mentored them.
  • Within the scientific scholastic community, there seems to be more interest than objection.
British Dictionary definitions for scholastic


of, relating to, or befitting schools, scholars, or education
pedantic or precise
(often capital) characteristic of or relating to the medieval Schoolmen
a student or pupil
a person who is given to quibbling or logical subtleties; pedant
(often capital) a disciple or adherent of scholasticism; Schoolman
  1. a Jesuit student who is undergoing a period of probation prior to commencing his theological studies
  2. the status and position of such a student
a formalist in art
Derived Forms
scholastically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek skholastikos devoted to learning, ultimately from skholēschool1
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Word Origin and History for scholastic

1590s, "of or pertaining to Scholastic theologians" (Churchmen in the Middle Ages whose theology and philosophy was based on Church Fathers and Aristotle), from Middle French scholastique (14c.), from Latin scholasticus "of a school," from Greek skholastikos "enjoying leisure; devoting one's leisure to learning," hence, as a noun, "a scholar," also in a bad sense, "a pedant; a simpleton," from skhola (see school (n.1)). In English, meaning "pertaining to schools or to school education" is from 1640s. As a noun from 1640s. Related: Scholastical (1530s in the "relating to a school" sense); scholastically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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