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

  • n. A man who is a professional educator or scholar.
  • n. A medieval Scholastic scholar or philosopher.

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  • n. An academician

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One versed in the niceties of academical disputation or of school divinity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A master in one of the medieval universities or other schools; especially, a Christian Peripatetic of the middle ages; a scholastic. See scholasticism.

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

  • n. a scholar who is skilled in academic disputation
  • n. a scholar in one of the universities of the Middle Ages; versed in scholasticism


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  • He was a very subtle schoolman, who first said that we owe the origin of the word “buffoon” to a little Athenian sacrificer called Bupho, who, being tired of his employment, absconded, and never returned.

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  • For example, when a schoolman tells me "Aristotle hath said it," all I conceive he means by it is to dispose me to embrace his opinion with the deference and submission which custom has annexed to that name.

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  • And yet a metaphysical schoolman might think, that, where an intention was supposed to be requisite, if that intention really had not place, no consequence ought to follow, and no obligation be imposed.

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  • Ibn Ezra was no schoolman, but he certainly experienced, and expressed in rich and evocative Hebrew, a deep alienation from mundane reality and passionate longing to return to the spiritual realm.

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  • And so I would say that sofar as being a schoolman, he was a big inspiration, because I never saw any earmark of racism in him, although I don't know where Hand came from.

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  • Angelo Poliziano, in 1492 exalted the critic and grammarian against the schoolman.


  • Kant reasons after the manner of a medieval schoolman, namely by having resort to old - fashioned antinomies.



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