[er-yoo-dahyt, er-oo-]


characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly: an erudite professor; an erudite commentary.

Origin of erudite

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin ērudītus, equivalent to ērud- (ē- e-1 + rud- unformed, rough, rude) + -ītus -ite2
Related formser·u·dite·ly, adverber·u·dite·ness, nounnon·er·u·dite, adjectivenon·er·u·dite·ly, adverbnon·er·u·dite·ness, nounun·er·u·dite, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of erudite

Historical Examples of erudite

  • 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.

  • An erudite spirit truly, and an eloquent pen; yet he refines too much.


    Benjamin Disraeli

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

British Dictionary definitions for erudite



having or showing extensive scholarship; learned
Derived Formseruditely, adverberudition (ˌɛrʊˈdɪʃən) or eruditeness, noun

Word Origin for erudite

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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