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erudite

[er-yoo-dahyt, er-oo-] /ˈɛr yʊˌdaɪt, ˈɛr ʊ-/
adjective
1.
characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly:
an erudite professor; an erudite commentary.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin ērudītus, equivalent to ērud- (ē- e-1 + rud- unformed, rough, rude) + -ītus -ite2
Related forms
eruditely, adverb
eruditeness, noun
nonerudite, adjective
noneruditely, adverb
noneruditeness, noun
unerudite, adjective
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  • For all her erudite charm, she'll need to don even more armor to be ready for September's scrutiny.
  • The book is learned, even erudite, and sure to be controversial.
  • The papers were as usual, but one struck me as being exceptionally erudite.
  • The book is an erudite joke carried off with verve and humor.
  • From time to time I have run across erudite eccentrics who enjoyed reading a dictionary just for the fun of it.
  • His manner is erudite, but his voice contains real passion.
  • The campus was sparkling with erudite conversations about international affairs.
  • Your bratty wanna-be erudite college conservative remarks are still as pathetic as ever.
  • All in all, this is an engrossing and erudite account.
  • Soon, classificational languages were springing up like erudite crabgrass.
British Dictionary definitions for erudite

erudite

/ˈɛrʊˌdaɪt/
adjective
1.
having or showing extensive scholarship; learned
Derived Forms
eruditely, adverb
erudition (ˌɛrʊˈdɪʃən), eruditeness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ērudītus, from ērudīre to polish, from ex-1 + rudis unpolished, rough
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Word Origin and History for erudite
adj.

early 15c., from Latin eruditus, past participle of erudire "to educate, teach, instruct, polish," literally "to bring out of the rough," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + rudis "unskilled, rough, unlearned" (see rude).

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