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Definitions of erudition

  1. profound knowledge Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. profound scholarly knowledge Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. State of being erudite or learned: knowledge gained by study: learning, esp. in literature. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Learning, esp. in literature. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. Complete and various scholarship. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Learning; knowledge gained by study, specially of books. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. Knowledge gained by study of books; learning in literature; scholarship. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for erudition

  1. He fancied himself living in some distant capital, rich and respected, married, perhaps, having servants of his own, astonishing the learned men of some great centre by the extent of his knowledge and erudition – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  2. The eighteen lectures that compose this volume have in fact the particular trait that, if the history of philosophy furnishes their frame- work, philosophy itself occupies in them the first place, and that, instead of researches of erudition and criticism, they present a regular exposition of the doctrine which was at first fixed in our mind, which has not ceased to preside over our labors. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
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