Definition of scholium in English:



  • A marginal note or explanatory comment made by a scholiast.

    • ‘Our claims are based on a scholium of an anonymous Byzantine commentator.’
    • ‘Such works have always been explicated through commentary, and this one too is designed for commentary, like the German Baroque dramas to which the learned Silesians appended their scholia.’
    • ‘The Irish were no better able than others to comprehend Ulysses, and only those gullible enough to answer the author's snobbish call for a lifetime's dedication to scholia could begin to penetrate the double darknesses of Finnegans Wake.’
    • ‘This proposition, together with its scholium, commits him to the thesis that for each finite mode of extension there exists a finite mode of thought that corresponds to it and from which it is not really distinct.’
    • ‘They fall into two categories: the first, a group of ten plays which have been transmitted to us in our medieval manuscripts complete with the accumulation of ancient notes and comments that we call scholia.’
    evaluation, assessment, examination, appreciation, appraisal, analysis, judgement
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Mid 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek skholion, from skholē ‘learned discussion’.