• (RP) IPA: /ˈɛɹ.(j)ʊ.daɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɛɹ.(j)u.daɪt/, IPA: /ˈɛɹ.(j)ə.daɪt/


  1. Learned, scholarly, with emphasis on knowledge gained from books.
    • 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Ch. XII:
      At all events, if it involved any secret information in regard to old Roger Chillingworth, it was in a tongue unknown to the erudite clergyman, and did but increase the bewilderment of his mind.
    • 1913, Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country, ch. 43:
      Elmer Moffatt had been magnificent, rolling out his alternating effects of humour and pathos, stirring his audience by moving references to the Blue and the Gray, convulsing them by a new version of Washington and the Cherry Tree . . ., dazzling them by his erudite allusions and apt quotations.
    • 2006, Jeff Israely, "[,9171,901060925-1535767,00.html Preaching Controversy]," Time, 17 Sept.:
      Perhaps his erudite mind does not quite yet grasp how to transform his beloved scholarly explorations into effective papal politics.
Synonyms Translations Noun

erudite (plural erudites)

  1. a learned or scholarly person

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