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4 definitions found
 for Erudition
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  erudition \er`u*di"tion\ ([e^]r`[-u]*d[i^]sh"[u^]n), n. [L.
     eruditio: cf. F. ['e]rudition.]
     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.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           The management of a young lady's person is not be
           overlooked, but the erudition of her mind is much more
           to be regarded.                          --Steele.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           The gay young gentleman whose erudition sat so easily
           upon him.                                --Macaulay.
  
     Syn: Literature; learning. See Literature.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  erudition
      n 1: profound scholarly knowledge [syn: eruditeness,
           erudition, learnedness, learning, scholarship,
           encyclopedism, encyclopaedism]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  53 Moby Thesaurus words for "erudition":
     Sophia, bibliolatry, bibliomania, bluestockingism, book learning,
     book madness, bookiness, bookishness, booklore, broad-mindedness,
     broadening the mind, classical scholarship, classicism,
     cultivation, culture, depth, donnishness, education, eruditeness,
     good understanding, humanism, humanistic scholarship,
     intellectual acquirement, intellectualism, intellectuality,
     knowledge, learnedness, learning, letters, literacy,
     mastery of skills, mellow wisdom, memorization, mental cultivation,
     mental culture, pedantism, pedantry, profoundness, profundity,
     reading, ripe wisdom, sageness, sapience, scholarliness,
     scholarship, science, seasoned understanding, self-instruction,
     sound understanding, storing the mind, studiousness, wisdom,
     wiseness
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  ERUDITION, n.  Dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull.
  
      So wide his erudition's mighty span,
      He knew Creation's origin and plan
      And only came by accident to grief --
      He thought, poor man, 'twas right to be a thief.
                                                             Romach Pute
  

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