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Definitions for erudition
ˌɛr yʊˈdɪʃ ən, ˌɛr ʊ-eru·di·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eruditeness, erudition, learnedness, learning, scholarship, encyclopedism, encyclopaedismnoun

    profound scholarly knowledge


  1. eruditionnoun

    Profound knowledge, especially that based on learning and scholarship.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Eruditionnoun

    Learning; knowledge obtained by study and instruction.

    Etymology: eruditio, Latin.

    Fam’d be thy tutor, and thy parts of nature;
    Thrice fam’d beyond all erudition. William Shakespeare.

    The earl was of good erudition, having been placed at study in Cambridge very young. Henry Wotton.

    To your experience in state affairs you have also joined no vulgar erudition, which all your modesty is not able to conceal; for to understand critically the delicacies of Quintus Horatius Flaccus, is a height to which few of our noblemen have arrived. Dryden.

    Some gentlemen, abounding in their university erudition, are apt to fill their sermons with philosophical terms and notions, metaphysical. Jonathan Swift.


  1. erudition

    Erudition refers to the extensive knowledge and scholarly understanding gained through study, research, or learning. It denotes a deep, comprehensive academic awareness and intellectual skill often associated with impressive levels of education.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eruditionnoun

    the act of instructing; the result of thorough instruction; the state of being erudite or learned; the acquisitions gained by extensive reading or study; particularly, learning in literature or criticism, as distinct from the sciences; scholarship


  1. Erudition

    The word erudition came into Middle English from Latin. A scholar is erudite when instruction and reading followed by digestion and contemplation have effaced all rudeness, that is to say smoothed away all raw, untrained incivility. Common usage has blurred the distinction from "learned".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of erudition in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of erudition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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