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erudite

er·u·dite

erudite

 
 
pronunciation:
er y daIt
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part of speech: adjective
definition: having or showing a high level of scholarly knowledge; learned.
She was an erudite woman with an extraordinary knowledge of art, music, and literature.
synonyms:
learned, wise
antonyms:
ignorant, illiterate, unlearned
similar words:
academic, deep, educated, intellectual, knowledgeable, literate, profound, sage, sapient, scholarly, well-informed, well-versed
derivations: eruditely (adv.), eruditeness (n.)
Word Parts
The word erudite contains the following parts:
e- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix e- is an assimilated form of ex- used before roots beginning with certain consonants (b d, g, j, l, m, n, r, v). See ex-.
-ite1 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means in a state or condition (produced by the action denoted by the verb base)
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The suffix -ite1 attaches to Latin roots, as most English adjectives ending in -ite1 are loanwords from Latin, specifically from past participles of verbs formed with the suffix -itus.