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[er-yoo-dahyt, er-oo-] /ˈɛr yʊˌdaɪt, ˈɛr ʊ-/
characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly:
an erudite professor; an erudite commentary.
Origin of erudite
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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  • And the method of manufacture is then explained by the erudite doctor.


    Benjamin Taylor
  • The gift of languages was one which the erudite doctor did not possess.

    Poisoned Air Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • Like Dr. Schliemann he was no erudite savant, but an enthusiast with an eye for likely sites.

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • An erudite spirit truly, and an eloquent pen; yet he refines too much.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • Instances are abundant of erudite rabbis tormented by their wives.

British Dictionary definitions for erudite


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

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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