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Definition of Rote


  1. A root.
  2. A kind of guitar, the notes of which were produced by a small wheel or wheel-like arrangement; an instrument similar to the hurdy-gurdy.
  3. The noise produced by the surf of the sea dashing upon the shore. See Rut.
  4. A frequent repetition of forms of speech without attention to the meaning; mere repetition; as, to learn rules by rote.
  5. To learn or repeat by rote.
  6. To go out by rotation or succession; to rotate.

Rote Quotations

I grew up going to public school, and they were huge public schools. I went to a school that had 3,200 kids, and I had grade school classes with 40-some kids. Discipline was rigid. Most of the learning was rote. It worked.
P. J. O'Rourke

Dr. Johnson was a lazy learned man who liked to think and talk better than to read or write; who, however, wrote much and well, but too often by rote.
William Hazlitt

The custom of speaking to God Almighty as freely as with a slave - caring nothing whether the words are suitable or not, but simply saying the first thing that comes to mind from being learnt by rote by frequent repetition - cannot be called prayer: God grant that no Christian may address Him in this manner.
Saint Teresa of Avila

Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not.
Laurence Sterne

Wonder Woman isn't Spider-man or Batman. She doesn't have a town, she has a world. That was more interesting to me than a kind of contained, rote superhero franchise.
Joss Whedon
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Rote Translations

rote in Swedish is utantill

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