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[ er-yoo-dish-uhn, er-oo- ]


  1. knowledge acquired by study, research, etc.; learning; scholarship.

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  • eru·dition·al adjective
  • noner·u·dition noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of erudition1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin ērudītiōn- (stem of ērudītiō ) “an instruction.” See erudite, -ion

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Example Sentences

Longtime Washington Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell announced his retirement Friday, ending a decorated 52-year career in which he chronicled the biggest moments in Washington and national sports with enthusiasm and erudition.

As you can see, there is plenty of erudition to go with the laughs.

But he shares with Foster Wallace a gift for exactitude, erudition, and moral concern.

Iyer employs a terrific combination of erudition and absurdity that calls to mind the great postmodernists.

Anderson carries his erudition lightly, but there's enough scholarship there to make an academic proud.

I respect Rabbi Yosef's erudition and his brave and sometimes iconoclastic halakhic (Jewish legal) writings.

But it was neither his talents as a diplomatist, nor his remarkable mind, nor his solid erudition, which made Nicot immortal.

Charity had picked up enough of her companion's erudition to understand what had attracted him to the house.

A good man, and a scholar of rare erudition, he possessed nevertheless the true temper of a bigot.

There is no erudition, no sublime thought, nor any production which surpasses the ordinary capacities of the human mind.

He was a man of great erudition, and there need be no hesitation in accepting this extraordinary prayer as genuine.


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What is erudition?

Erudition is knowledge obtained through study or research, as in Students gain erudition through reading and studying. 

Erudition is similar to such words as knowledge, learning, or scholarship. However, erudition is often used to mean that a person specifically acquired some kind of profound knowledge by extensively reading books, researching reports, or studying manuscripts. For this reason, erudition is typically used to refer to knowledge of topics such as theology or linguistics rather than math or physical sciences.

Erudition comes from the adjective erudite, which describes something that is full of knowledge or that is scholarly.

Example: The monk was known for his wisdom and erudition, having read every book in the monastery’s 1,000-year-old library.

Where does erudition come from?

The first records of the word erudition come from around 1350. It ultimately comes from the Latin word ērudītiō, meaning “an instruction.” We often use the word erudition to refer to learning acquired through the self-instruction that comes from studying books.

Erudition is not a commonly used word. Instead you will hear people use words like knowledge, bookishness, or book smarts. Erudition is most likely to be used by someone with a big vocabulary or who wants to use a word to sound smart.

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  • eruditional (adjective)
  • nonerudition (noun)

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Erudition is not a common word. When it’s used, it’s often to show off or sound smart.

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Is erudition used correctly in the following sentence?

The rabbi credited his erudition to the many books he had read on Jewish scripture.