Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:
If you prize learning, scholarship, and expertise,* you are likely already familiar with erudite (pronounced ER-yoo-dite or ER-oo-dite), which means “learned,” “scholarly,” or “possessing great knowledge.”
One who is erudite possesses erudition, “extensive, profound, or recondite knowledge” or “command of a large fund of specialized information.”
The Latin root eruditus is formed from em “out of” and rudis, “rude,” this “free from roughness.”
Example: From Michael Eric Dyson, “The Ghost of Cornell West,” The New Republic, May 2015: “I had observed literary scholar Houston Baker dazzle another Princeton audience with a dynamic and dramatic lecture, but West topped that performance with the sheer breadth of his inquiry and the erudite ad-libs to his written presentation.”
*You happy few.