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Definition of Scholastic


  1. Pertaining to, or suiting, a scholar, a school, or schools; scholarlike; as, scholastic manners or pride; scholastic learning.
  2. Of or pertaining to the schoolmen and divines of the Middle Ages (see Schoolman); as, scholastic divinity or theology; scholastic philosophy.
  3. Hence, characterized by excessive subtilty, or needlessly minute subdivisions; pedantic; formal.
  4. One who adheres to the method or subtilties of the schools.
  5. See the Note under Jesuit.

Scholastic Quotations

The tendency to gather and to breed philosophers in universities does not belong to ages of free and humane reflection: it is scholastic and proper to the Middle Ages and to Germany.
George Santayana

Scholastic learning and polemical divinity retarded the growth of all true knowledge.
David Hume

I have always said to young artists that scholastic training and the studying of art history are crucial to fully developing as an artist.
LeRoy Neiman

I loved the idea of making history interesting for kids! When Scholastic approached me about 'The 39 Clues', I immediately started going through the 'greatest hits' from my years as a social studies teacher, and picked the historical characters and eras that most appealed to my students.
Rick Riordan

Being, belief and reason are pure relations, which cannot be dealt with absolutely, and are not things but pure scholastic concepts, signs for understanding, not for worshipping, aids to awaken our attention, not to fetter it.
Johann Georg Hamann
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