adjective Also scho·las·ti·cal.

of or relating to schools, scholars, or education: scholastic attainments.
of or relating to secondary education or schools: a scholastic meet.
of or relating to the medieval schoolmen.


Origin of scholastic

1590–1600; < Latin scholasticus < Greek scholastikós studious, learned, derivative of scholázein to be at leisure to study. See school1, -tic
Related formsscho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·scho·las·tic, adjective, nounan·ti·scho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·scho·las·tic, adjectivehy·per·scho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·scho·las·tic, adjectivenon·scho·las·ti·cal, adjectivenon·scho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbpost·scho·las·tic, adjectivepre·scho·las·tic, adjectivepro·scho·las·tic, adjectivepseu·do·scho·las·tic, adjectivepseu·do·scho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-scho·las·tic, adjectivequa·si-scho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·scho·las·tic, adjectivesem·i·scho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·scho·las·tic, adjectiveun·scho·las·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of, relating to, or befitting schools, scholars, or education
pedantic or precise
(often capital) characteristic of or relating to the medieval Schoolmen


a student or pupil
a person who is given to quibbling or logical subtleties; pedant
(often capital) a disciple or adherent of scholasticism; Schoolman
  1. a Jesuit student who is undergoing a period of probation prior to commencing his theological studies
  2. the status and position of such a student
a formalist in art
Derived Formsscholastically, adverb

Word Origin for scholastic

C16: via Latin from Greek skholastikos devoted to learning, ultimately from skholē school 1
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Word Origin and History for scholastic

1590s, "of or pertaining to Scholastic theologians" (Churchmen in the Middle Ages whose theology and philosophy was based on Church Fathers and Aristotle), from Middle French scholastique (14c.), from Latin scholasticus "of a school," from Greek skholastikos "enjoying leisure; devoting one's leisure to learning," hence, as a noun, "a scholar," also in a bad sense, "a pedant; a simpleton," from skhola (see school (n.1)). In English, meaning "pertaining to schools or to school education" is from 1640s. As a noun from 1640s. Related: Scholastical (1530s in the "relating to a school" sense); scholastically.

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