erudite

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

adjective

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 forms

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British Dictionary definitions for eruditeness

erudite

/ (ˈɛrʊˌdaɪt) /

adjective

having or showing extensive scholarship; learned

Derived Forms

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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