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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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British Dictionary definitions for eruditeness

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 eruditeness

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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