Definitions for: Scholastic

[n] a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit
[adj] of or relating to schools; "scholastic year"
[adj] of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of scholasticism; "scholastic philosophy"

Webster (1913) Definition: Scho*las"tic, a. [L. scholasticus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to
have leisure, to give lectures, to keep a school, from ?
leisure, a lecture, a school: cf. F. scholastique,
scolastique. See School.]
1. Pertaining to, or suiting, a scholar, a school, or
schools; scholarlike; as, scholastic manners or pride;
scholastic learning. --Sir K. Digby.

2. Of or pertaining to the schoolmen and divines of the
Middle Ages (see Schoolman); as, scholastic divinity or
theology; scholastic philosophy. --Locke.

3. Hence, characterized by excessive subtilty, or needlessly
minute subdivisions; pedantic; formal.

Scho*las"tic, n.
1. One who adheres to the method or subtilties of the
schools. --Milton.

2. (R. C. Ch.) See the Note under Jesuit.

Synonyms: bookworm, pedant

See Also: intellect, intellectual, purist

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