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erudition

[er-yoo-dish-uh n, er-oo-]
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noun
  1. knowledge acquired by study, research, etc.; learning; scholarship.
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Origin of erudition

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ērudītiōn- (stem of ērudītiō) an instruction. See erudite, -ion
Related formser·u·di·tion·al, adjectivenon·er·u·di·tion, noun

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Word Origin and History for erudition

n.

c.1400, "instruction, education," from Latin eruditionem (nominative eruditio) "an instructing," noun of action from past participle stem of erudire (see erudite). Meaning "learning, scholarship" is from 1520s.

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