erudite

[ er-yoo-dahyt, er-oo- ]
/ ˈɛr yʊˌdaɪt, ˈɛr ʊ- /

adjective

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

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Origin of erudite

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin ērudītus, equivalent to ērud(ē)- (ē- intensive prefix + rud- “unformed, rough, rude”) + -ītus adjective suffix; see origin at e-1, rude, -ite2

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British Dictionary definitions for erudite

erudite
/ (ˈɛrʊˌdaɪt) /

adjective

having or showing extensive scholarship; learned

Derived forms of erudite

eruditely, 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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