Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having or showing great knowledge or learning. synonym: learned.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Instructed; taught; learned; deeply read.
  • Characterized by erudition.
  • noun A learned person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Characterized by extensive reading or knowledge; well instructed; learned.

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  • adjective Learned, scholarly, with emphasis on knowledge gained from books.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having or showing profound knowledge

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English erudit, from Latin ērudītus, past participle of ērudīre, to instruct : ē-, ex-, ex- + rudis, rough, untaught; see rude.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin ērudītus, participle of ērudiō ("educate, train"), from e- ("out of") + rudis ("rude, unskilled").

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  • Aphrodite's brainy sister.

    November 11, 2008

  • I learned this word thanks to Flight of the Conchords

    May 23, 2009

  • That's a particularly unerudite way to learn it.

    May 26, 2009

  • This is obviously my favorite word.

    April 22, 2011