Definition of scholastic in English:



  • 1Of or concerning schools and education.

    ‘scholastic achievement’
    • ‘That is, the program and network, its host, and its audiences were more cerebral, more scholastic, and more directly concerned with effecting change than its blowhard competitors.’
    • ‘For self-perceived scholastic competence, however, students' self-ratings declined over the course of high school.’
    • ‘With all the emphasis that she put on scholastic matters, she never really stressed sports or other forms of regular physical exercise.’
    • ‘These children exhibited significant problems of scholastic underachievement, without any evidence of mental subnormality, learning difficulty or any behavioural or emotional disorder.’
    • ‘And why should a man deny his nature when that nature calls, even in the face of his scholastic learning?’
    • ‘My parents were never particularly interested in my scholastic achievements.’
    • ‘He didn't have the scholastic achievement I did.’
    • ‘Their key goal is achievement, but this aim is not exclusively scholastic.’
    • ‘In one hour, respite from the hardships of scholastic vocation was so easily achieved.’
    • ‘The Scholarship Board believes that part of the eligibility requirements for receipt of scholarship money is scholastic excellence.’
    • ‘In the tradition dominant in the United Kingdom, North America, and Australasia moral philosophy became increasingly scholastic and removed from the ethical concerns of real people.’
    • ‘I resist it only because I think leadership is a quality that can't be enumerated with scholastic precision.’
    • ‘I heard about everyone's grades and scholastic achievements.’
    • ‘Certainly, many boys continue to conquer scholastic summits, especially boys from high-income families with educated parents.’
    • ‘Although before we parted this last time he said something about maybe getting back into scholastic teaching.’
    • ‘The first issue may include measures of scholastic achievement, aptitude tests, and selection interviews.’
    • ‘In 1988, at a Composition Committee meeting, the discussion centered on whether any form other than the scholastic essay could be appropriate for the English Composition curriculum.’
    • ‘It is also a little reassuring that scholastic achievement across the range of abilities is so welcomed and valued in the public reaction to the results round.’
    • ‘These events were in contrast to the more scholastic atmosphere of the sports tournaments which were umpired by teachers from the village primary school.’
    • ‘We next explore the issue of student failure and whether increasing students' academic control can improve their scholastic development.’
    academic, educational, school, scholarly
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    1. 1.1US Relating to secondary schools.
      ‘scholastic sports events’
      • ‘As of mid-December 2003, there were scholastic chess events scheduled in Seattle, for February 2004, that were already fully booked and closed to new registrants.’
      • ‘This is the only book that I'm aware of that directly addresses the needs and concerns of the most important participants in scholastic tournaments: the players and their parents.’
      • ‘The aim is to promote their dominance in such areas as football, recruiting and scholastic sports along with its in-depth coverage.’
  • 2Relating to medieval scholasticism.

    • ‘Hobbes's contempt for scholastic philosophy is boundless.’
    • ‘Internal evidence also suggests that he was a Benedictine monk and priest who was both educated and conversant with scholastic philosophy.’
    • ‘The Revolution in science overturned the authority in not only of the middle ages but of the ancient world - it ended not only in the eclipse of scholastic philosophy but in the destruction of Aristotelian physics.’
    • ‘Renaissance humanism gradually replaced the medieval scholastic tradition from which it emerged.’
    • ‘As the centuries passed they added more and more layers to the symbolic structures that reinforced such attitudes, while their overt messages disregarded the subtle reservations of scholastic theologians.’
    • ‘Idioms of feudal law also applied to royal jurisdiction and government, which is why St Thomas Aquinas, the leading scholastic thinker of the High Middle Ages, debated the powers of monarchy in this vein.’
    1. 2.1 Typical of scholasticism in being pedantic or overly subtle.
      ‘to distinguish between them is little more than a scholastic exercise’
      scholarly, learned, academic, erudite, donnish
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  • 1Philosophy Theology
    historical An adherent of scholasticism; a schoolman.

    • ‘Of the medieval scholastics, Aquinas was less interested in who ruled than in the uses to which the ruling interest was put.’
    • ‘Whatever posture he adopted publicly, Descartes could not have been indifferent to criticisms of the scholastics, or to the growing influence of atheistic ideas among his educated contemporaries.’
    • ‘These and later theologians would also have introduced him to the ideas of the Christian scholastics.’
    • ‘He went beyond the scholastics to affirm that what violates reason cannot be accepted as revelation.’
    • ‘Thus we can see at this point a fundamental ‘vacuity’ in the attempt by Aquinas and other scholastics to harness ‘Plato and Aristotle’ for the purposes of Trinitarian doctrine.’
  • 2(in the Roman Catholic Church) a member of a religious order, especially the Society of Jesus, who is between the novitiate and the priesthood.

    • ‘There are 203 Jesuits, including priests, brothers and scholastics, in Ireland.’


Late 16th century (in scholastic (sense 2 of the adjective)): via Latin from Greek skholastikos ‘studious’, from skholazein ‘be at leisure to study’, from skholē (see school).