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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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  • This erudite priest, born in 1067, was the founder of historical writing in Iceland.

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

  • Report had it that he was equally at home in at least three other tongues as erudite.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • And the method of manufacture is then explained by the erudite doctor.

    Storyology Benjamin Taylor
  • Such were the sentiments of the most erudite, most pious, and most eminent school of learning existing in the capital of France.

    Joan of Arc Ronald Sutherland Gower
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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