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[er-yoo-dish-uh n, er-oo-] /ˌɛr yʊˈdɪʃ ən, ˌɛr ʊ-/
knowledge acquired by study, research, etc.; learning; scholarship.
Origin of erudition
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin ērudītiōn- (stem of ērudītiō) an instruction. See erudite, -ion
Related forms
eruditional, adjective
nonerudition, noun
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The erudition is borne with ease; it does not clog or overload the poet's impulse.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7) John Addington Symonds
  • His erudition sat lightly on him, for it was simply a means to the end of his art.

    John Lyly John Dover Wilson
  • His erudition, considering the general state of ignorance prevailing at this time, was most remarkable.

    Alchemy: Ancient and Modern H. Stanley Redgrove
  • And as to other kinds of knowledge, erudition, learning, how do they profit the possessor?

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • He was a man of most uncommon abilities and erudition, as his works, numerous and various, show.

Word Origin and History for erudition

c.1400, "instruction, education," from Latin eruditionem (nominative eruditio) "an instructing," noun of action from past participle stem of erudire (see erudite). Meaning "learning, scholarship" is from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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