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erudition

[er-yoo-dish-uh n, er-oo-] /ˌɛr yʊˈdɪʃ ən, ˌɛr ʊ-/
noun
1.
knowledge acquired by study, research, etc.; learning; scholarship.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin ērudītiōn- (stem of ērudītiō) an instruction. See erudite, -ion
Related forms
eruditional, adjective
nonerudition, noun
Synonyms
See learning.
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Examples from the web for erudition
  • Impressed with his erudition on a wide range of topics, people would often ask him where he got his education.
  • If erudition and populism mixed giddily that day, so did thoroughness and irrelevance.
  • Despite these shortcomings, Bryson's erudition is evident and refreshing.
  • Historiographical concerns born of immense erudition structure the book.
  • But his looser sketches are the real masterpieces of visual erudition.
  • Each of these large claims is shot down with elegance and skill, backed up by wide erudition.
  • The erudition matched with the quality of writing was wonderful.
  • Hopefully her erudition, intellect & legal background will have made her more openminded & secular in outlook.
  • Equally, your claims to erudition came to naught.
  • He even employs his erudition to expose the fallacy of the water test.
Word Origin and History for erudition
n.

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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