Definition of scholastic in English:



  • 1Of or concerning schools and education.

    ‘scholastic achievement’
    • ‘And why should a man deny his nature when that nature calls, even in the face of his scholastic learning?’
    • ‘The first issue may include measures of scholastic achievement, aptitude tests, and selection interviews.’
    • ‘Although before we parted this last time he said something about maybe getting back into scholastic teaching.’
    • ‘The Scholarship Board believes that part of the eligibility requirements for receipt of scholarship money is scholastic excellence.’
    • ‘My parents were never particularly interested in my scholastic achievements.’
    • ‘Certainly, many boys continue to conquer scholastic summits, especially boys from high-income families with educated parents.’
    • ‘With all the emphasis that she put on scholastic matters, she never really stressed sports or other forms of regular physical exercise.’
    • ‘He didn't have the scholastic achievement I did.’
    • ‘For self-perceived scholastic competence, however, students' self-ratings declined over the course of high school.’
    • ‘I heard about everyone's grades and scholastic achievements.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These children exhibited significant problems of scholastic underachievement, without any evidence of mental subnormality, learning difficulty or any behavioural or emotional disorder.’
    • ‘In one hour, respite from the hardships of scholastic vocation was so easily achieved.’
    • ‘Their key goal is achievement, but this aim is not exclusively scholastic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We next explore the issue of student failure and whether increasing students' academic control can improve their scholastic development.’
    • ‘These events were in contrast to the more scholastic atmosphere of the sports tournaments which were umpired by teachers from the village primary school.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I resist it only because I think leadership is a quality that can't be enumerated with scholastic precision.’
    academic, educational, school, scholarly
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    1. 1.1US Relating to secondary schools.
      ‘scholastic sports events’
      • ‘The aim is to promote their dominance in such areas as football, recruiting and scholastic sports along with its in-depth coverage.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Relating to medieval scholasticism.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Renaissance humanism gradually replaced the medieval scholastic tradition from which it emerged.’
    • ‘Internal evidence also suggests that he was a Benedictine monk and priest who was both educated and conversant with scholastic philosophy.’
    • ‘Hobbes's contempt for scholastic philosophy is boundless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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  • 1Theology Philosophy
    historical An adherent of scholasticism; a schoolman.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He went beyond the scholastics to affirm that what violates reason cannot be accepted as revelation.’
    • ‘Of the medieval scholastics, Aquinas was less interested in who ruled than in the uses to which the ruling interest was put.’
    • ‘These and later theologians would also have introduced him to the ideas of the Christian scholastics.’
  • 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).