Someone who learns is a scholar, though the word also means someone with a lot of knowledge in one subject. If you know a lot about books, you could be called a literary scholar.

It doesn't take a Latin scholar to understand the word scholar. It probably reminds you of school, scholastic, and scholarship. That's because they all share the Latin root schola which means school. A scholar in the academic sense usually has his or her area of specialty in the humanities as opposed to the sciences.

Definitions of scholar
  1. noun
    a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
    synonyms: bookman, scholarly person, student
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    The Admirable Crichton
    Scottish man of letters and adventurer (1560-1582)
    Lorenzo the Magnificent
    Italian statesman and scholar who supported many artists and humanists including Michelangelo and Leonardo and Botticelli (1449-1492)
    Edmond Malone
    English scholar remembered for his chronology of Shakespeare's plays and his editions of Shakespeare and Dryden (1741-1812)
    Marcus Terentius Varro
    Roman scholar (116-27 BC)
    Pierre Abelard
    French philosopher and theologian; lover of Heloise (1079-1142)
    Saint Ambrose
    (Roman Catholic Church) Roman priest who became bishop of Milan; the first Church Father born and raised in the Christian faith; composer of hymns; imposed orthodoxy on the early Christian church and built up its secular power; a saint and Doctor of the Church (340?-397)
    a presocratic Athenian philosopher who maintained that everything is composed of very small particles that were arranged by some eternal intelligence (500-428 BC)
    a presocratic Greek philosopher and student of Thales who believed the universal substance to be infinity rather than something resembling ordinary objects (611-547 BC)
    a presocratic Greek philosopher and associate of Anaximander who believed that all things are made of air in different degrees of density (6th century BC)
    Saint Thomas Aquinas
    (Roman Catholic Church) Italian theologian and Doctor of the Church who is remembered for his attempt to reconcile faith and reason in a comprehensive theology; presented philosophical proofs of the existence of God (1225-1274)
    Hannah Arendt
    United States historian and political philosopher (born in Germany) (1906-1975)
    one of the greatest of the ancient Athenian philosophers; pupil of Plato; teacher of Alexander the Great (384-322 BC)
    a Greek who was a Christian theologian active in Alexandria and who was declared a heretic for his doctrines about God (which came to be known as Arianism) (256?-336)
    Jakob Hermandszoon
    Dutch Protestant theologian who founded Arminianism which opposed the absolute predestinarianism of John Calvin (1559-1609)
    Arnold of Brescia
    Italian theologian who censured the worldly possessions of monks and the temporal power of bishops and was condemned for dogmatic errors by the Second Lateran Council (early 12th century)
    Athanasius the Great
    (Roman Catholic Church) Greek patriarch of Alexandria who championed Christian orthodoxy against Arianism; a church father, saint, and Doctor of the Church (293-373)
    Augustine of Hippo
    (Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian church; after a dramatic conversion to Christianity he became bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa; St. Augustine emphasized man's need for grace (354-430)
    Abul-Walid Mohammed ibn-Ahmad Ibn-Mohammed ibn-Roshd
    Arabian philosopher born in Spain; wrote detailed commentaries on Aristotle that were admired by the Schoolmen (1126-1198)
    Abu Ali al-Husain ibn Abdallah ibn Sina
    Arabian physician and influential Islamic philosopher; his interpretation of Aristotle influenced St. Thomas Aquinas; writings on medicine were important for almost 500 years (980-1037)
    Viscount St. Albans
    English statesman and philosopher; precursor of British empiricism; advocated inductive reasoning (1561-1626)
    Karl Barth
    Swiss Protestant theologian (1886-1968)
    St. Basil the Great
    (Roman Catholic Church) the bishop of Caesarea who defended the Roman Catholic Church against the heresies of the 4th century; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-379)
    Simone de Beauvoir
    French feminist and existentialist and novelist (1908-1986)
    the Venerable Bede
    (Roman Catholic Church) English monk and scholar (672-735)
    Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmine
    Italian cardinal and theologian (1542-1621)
    Jeremy Bentham
    English philosopher and jurist; founder of utilitarianism (1748-1831)
    Henri Louis Bergson
    French philosopher who proposed elan vital as the cause of evolution and development (1859-1941)
    Bishop Berkeley
    Irish philosopher and Anglican bishop who opposed the materialism of Thomas Hobbes (1685-1753)
    Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
    a Roman who was an early Christian philosopher and statesman who was executed for treason; Boethius had a decisive influence on medieval logic (circa 480-524)
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    German Lutheran theologian and pastor whose works concern Christianity in the modern world; an active opponent of Nazism, he was arrested and sent to Buchenwald and later executed (1906-1945)
    Giordano Bruno
    Italian philosopher who used Copernican principles to develop a pantheistic monistic philosophy; condemned for heresy by the Inquisition and burned at the stake (1548-1600)
    Martin Buber
    Israeli religious philosopher (born in Austria); as a Zionist he promoted understanding between Jews and Arabs; his writings affected Christian thinkers as well as Jews (1878-1965)
    Rudolf Karl Bultmann
    a Lutheran theologian in Germany (1884-1976)
    Jean Caulvin
    Swiss theologian (born in France) whose tenets (predestination and the irresistibility of grace and justification by faith) defined Presbyterianism (1509-1564)
    Albert Camus
    French writer who portrayed the human condition as isolated in an absurd world (1913-1960)
    Thomas Carlyle
    Scottish historian who wrote about the French Revolution (1795-1881)
    Ernst Cassirer
    German philosopher concerned with concept formation in the human mind and with symbolic forms in human culture generally (1874-1945)
    ancient Greek philosopher who succeeded Zeno of Citium as the leader of the Stoic school (300-232 BC)
    Isidore Auguste Marie Francois Comte
    French philosopher remembered as the founder of positivism; he also established sociology as a systematic field of study
    Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas Caritat
    French mathematician and philosopher (1743-1794)
    Kong the Master
    Chinese philosopher whose ideas and sayings were collected after his death and became the basis of a philosophical doctrine known a Confucianism (circa 551-478 BC)
    Greek philosopher who developed an atomistic theory of matter (460-370 BC)
    Jacques Derrida
    French philosopher and critic (born in Algeria); exponent of deconstructionism (1930-2004)
    Rene Descartes
    French philosopher and mathematician; developed dualistic theory of mind and matter; introduced the use of coordinates to locate a point in two or three dimensions (1596-1650)
    John Dewey
    United States pragmatic philosopher who advocated progressive education (1859-1952)
    Denis Diderot
    French philosopher who was a leading figure of the Enlightenment in France; principal editor of an encyclopedia that disseminated the scientific and philosophical knowledge of the time (1713-1784)
    an ancient Greek philosopher and Cynic who rejected social conventions (circa 400-325 BC)
    John Duns Scotus
    Scottish theologian who was very influential in the Middle Ages (1265-1308)
    William James Durant
    United States historian (1885-1981)
    Johann Maier Eck
    a German Roman Catholic theologian who was an indefatigable opponent of Martin Luther (1486-1543)
    Johannes Eckhart
    German Roman Catholic theologian and mystic (1260-1327)
    Jonathan Edwards
    American theologian whose sermons and writings stimulated a period of renewed interest in religion in America (1703-1758)
    Greek philosopher who taught that all matter is composed of particles of fire and water and air and earth (fifth century BC)
    Greek philosopher who was a Stoic (circa 50-130)
    Greek philosopher who believed that the world is a random combination of atoms and that pleasure is the highest good (341-270 BC)
    Desiderius Erasmus
    Dutch humanist and theologian who was the leading Renaissance scholar of northern Europe; although his criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church led to the Reformation, he opposed violence and condemned Martin Luther (1466-1536)
    Eusebius of Caesarea
    Christian bishop of Caesarea in Palestine; a church historian and a leading early Christian exegete (circa 270-340)
    John Hope Franklin
    United States historian noted for studies of Black American history (born in 1915)
    Frederick James Furnivall
    English philologist who first proposed the Oxford English Dictionary (1825-1910)
    Samuel Rawson Gardiner
    British historian remembered for his ten-volume history of England (1829-1902)
    Geoffrey of Monmouth
    Welsh chronicler who wrote an account of the kings of Britain which is now believed to contain little historical fact but it is a source of the Arthurian legend (circa 1100-1154)
    Edward Gibbon
    English historian best known for his history of the Roman Empire (1737-1794)
    Gregory the Great
    (Roman Catholic Church) an Italian pope distinguished for his spiritual and temporal leadership; a saint and Doctor of the Church (540?-604)
    St. Gregory of Nazianzen
    (Roman Catholic Church) a church father known for his constant fight against perceived heresies; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-391)
    Ernst Heinrich Haeckel
    German biologist and philosopher; advocated Darwinism and formulated the theory of recapitulation; was an exponent of materialistic monism (1834-1919)
    David Hartley
    English philosopher who introduced the theory of the association of ideas (1705-1757)
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
    German philosopher whose three stage process of dialectical reasoning was adopted by Karl Marx (1770-1831)
    Martin Heidegger
    German philosopher whose views on human existence in a world of objects and on Angst influenced the existential philosophers (1889-1976)
    a presocratic Greek philosopher who said that fire is the origin of all things and that permanence is an illusion as all things are in perpetual flux (circa 500 BC)
    Johann Friedrich Herbart
    German philosopher (1776-1841)
    Johann Gottfried von Herder
    German philosopher who advocated intuition over reason (1744-1803)
    the ancient Greek known as the father of history; his accounts of the wars between the Greeks and Persians are the first known examples of historical writing (485-425 BC)
    Thomas Hobbes
    English materialist and political philosopher who advocated absolute sovereignty as the only kind of government that could resolve problems caused by the selfishness of human beings (1588-1679)
    Richard Hooker
    English theologian (1554-1600)
    Mark Hopkins
    United States educator and theologian (1802-1887)
    Baron Karl Wilhelm von Humboldt
    German philologist noted for his studies of the relation between language and culture (1767-1835)
    David Hume
    Scottish philosopher whose sceptical philosophy restricted human knowledge to that which can be perceived by the senses (1711-1776)
    Edmund Husserl
    German philosopher who developed phenomenology (1859-1938)
    Greek philosopher and astronomer; she invented the astrolabe (370-415)
    Saint Ignatius of Loyola
    Spaniard and Roman Catholic theologian and founder of the Society of Jesus; a leading opponent of the Reformation (1491-1556)
    Saint Irenaeus
    Greek theologian who was bishop of Lyons and an antiheretical writer; a saint and Doctor of the Church (circa 130-200)
    William James
    United States pragmatic philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)
    Cornelius Jansenius
    a Dutch Roman Catholic theologian (1585-1638)
    Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus
    (Roman Catholic Church) one of the great Fathers of the early Christian Church whose major work was his translation of the Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek into Latin (which became the Vulgate); a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-420)
    St. John Chrysostom
    (Roman Catholic Church) a Church Father who was a great preacher and bishop of Constantinople; a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-407)
    Joseph ben Matthias
    Jewish general who led the revolt of the Jews against the Romans and then wrote a history of those events (37-100)
    Benjamin Jowett
    English classical scholar noted for his translations of Plato and Aristotle (1817-1893)
    Immanuel Kant
    influential German idealist philosopher (1724-1804)
    Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
    Danish philosopher who is generally considered. along with Nietzsche, to be a founder of existentialism (1813-1855)
    John Knox
    Scottish theologian who founded Presbyterianism in Scotland and wrote a history of the Reformation in Scotland (1514-1572)
    Chinese philosopher regarded as the founder of Taoism (6th century BC)
    Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz
    German philosopher and mathematician who thought of the universe as consisting of independent monads and who devised a system of the calculus independent of Newton (1646-1716)
    Titus Livius
    Roman historian whose history of Rome filled 142 volumes (of which only 35 survive) including the earliest history of the war with Hannibal (59 BC to AD 17)
    John Locke
    English empiricist philosopher who believed that all knowledge is derived from sensory experience (1632-1704)
    Titus Lucretius Carus
    Roman philosopher and poet; in a long didactic poem he tried to provide a scientific explanation of the universe (96-55 BC)
    Raymond Lully
    Spanish philosopher (1235-1315)
    Martin Luther
    German theologian who led the Reformation; believed that salvation is granted on the basis of faith rather than deeds (1483-1546)
    Thomas Babington Macaulay
    English historian noted for his history of England (1800-1859)
    Ernst Mach
    Austrian physicist and philosopher who introduced the Mach number and who founded logical positivism (1838-1916)
    Niccolo Machiavelli
    a statesman of Florence who advocated a strong central government (1469-1527)
    Alfred Thayer Mahan
    United States naval officer and historian (1840-1914)
    Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon
    Spanish philosopher considered the greatest Jewish scholar of the Middle Ages who codified Jewish law in the Talmud (1135-1204)
    Frederic William Maitland
    English historian noted for his works on the history of English law (1850-1906)
    Nicolas de Malebranche
    French philosopher (1638-1715)
    Herbert Marcuse
    United States political philosopher (born in Germany) concerned about the dehumanizing effects of capitalism and modern technology (1898-1979)
    Karl Marx
    founder of modern communism; wrote the Communist Manifesto with Engels in 1848; wrote Das Kapital in 1867 (1818-1883)
    John Bach McMaster
    United States historian who wrote a nine volume history of the people of the United States (1852-1932)
    George Herbert Mead
    United States philosopher of pragmatism (1863-1931)
    Philipp Melanchthon
    German theologian and Luther's successor as leader of the Reformation in Germany (1497-1560)
    John Stuart Mill
    English philosopher and economist remembered for his interpretations of empiricism and utilitarianism (1806-1873)
    James Mill
    Scottish philosopher who expounded Bentham's utilitarianism; father of John Stuart Mill (1773-1836)
    Theodor Mommsen
    German historian noted for his history of Rome (1817-1903)
    Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu
    French political philosopher who advocated the separation of executive and legislative and judicial powers (1689-1755)
    George Edward Moore
    English philosopher (1873-1958)
    Friedrich Max Muller
    British philologist (born in Germany) who specialized in Sanskrit (1823-1900)
    Sir James Augustus Henry Murray
    Scottish philologist and the lexicographer who shaped the Oxford English Dictionary (1837-1915)
    George Gilbert Aime Murphy
    British classical scholar (born in Australia) who advocated the League of Nations and the United Nations (1866-1957)
    John Henry Newman
    English prelate and theologian who (with John Keble and Edward Pusey) founded the Oxford movement; Newman later turned to Roman Catholicism and became a cardinal (1801-1890)
    Barthold George Niebuhr
    German historian noted for his critical approach to sources and for his history of Rome (1776-1831)
    Reinhold Niebuhr
    United States Protestant theologian (1892-1971)
    Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
    influential German philosopher remembered for his concept of the superman and for his rejection of Christian values; considered, along with Kierkegaard, to be a founder of existentialism (1844-1900)
    William of Ockham
    English scholastic philosopher and assumed author of Occam's Razor (1285-1349)
    Greek philosopher and theologian who reinterpreted Christian doctrine through the philosophy of Neoplatonism; his work was later condemned as unorthodox (185-254)
    Jose Ortega y Gasset
    Spanish philosopher who advocated leadership by an intellectual elite (1883-1955)
    Erwin Panofsky
    art historian (1892-1968)
    Cyril Northcote Parkinson
    British historian noted for ridicule of bureaucracies (1909-1993)
    a presocratic Greek philosopher born in Italy; held the metaphysical view that being is the basic substance and ultimate reality of which all things are composed; said that motion and change are sensory illusions (5th century BC)
    Blaise Pascal
    French mathematician and philosopher and Jansenist; invented an adding machine; contributed (with Fermat) to the theory of probability (1623-1662)
    Charles Sanders Peirce
    United States philosopher and logician; pioneer of pragmatism (1839-1914)
    Ralph Barton Perry
    United States philosopher (1876-1957)
    ancient Athenian philosopher; pupil of Socrates; teacher of Aristotle (428-347 BC)
    Roman philosopher (born in Egypt) who was the leading representative of Neoplatonism (205-270)
    Edward Bouverie Pusey
    English theologian who (with John Henry Newman and John Keble) founded the Oxford movement (1800-1882)
    Greek philosopher and mathematician who proved the Pythagorean theorem; considered to be the first true mathematician (circa 580-500 BC)
    Willard Van Orman Quine
    United States philosopher and logician who championed an empirical view of knowledge that depended on language (1908-2001)
    Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
    Indian philosopher and statesman who introduced Indian philosophy to the West (1888-1975)
    Rasmus Christian Rask
    Danish philologist whose work on Old Norse pioneered in the field of comparative linguistics (1787-1832)
    Thomas Reid
    Scottish philosopher of common sense who opposed the ideas of David Hume (1710-1796)
    James Harvey Robinson
    United States historian who stressed the importance of intellectual and social events for the course of history (1863-1936)
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    French philosopher and writer born in Switzerland; believed that the natural goodness of man was warped by society; ideas influenced the French Revolution (1712-1778)
    Bertrand Arthur William Russell
    English philosopher and mathematician who collaborated with Whitehead (1872-1970)
    Jean-Paul Sartre
    French writer and existentialist philosopher (1905-1980)
    Saxo Grammaticus
    Danish historian who chronicled the history of Denmark (including the legend of Hamlet) (1150?-1220?)
    Arthur Meier Schlesinger
    United States historian (1888-1965)
    Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr.
    United States historian and advisor to President Kennedy (born in 1917)
    Arthur Schopenhauer
    German pessimist philosopher (1788-1860)
    Albert Schweitzer
    French philosopher and physician and organist who spent most of his life as a medical missionary in Gabon (1875-1965)
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca
    Roman statesman and philosopher who was an advisor to Nero; his nine extant tragedies are modeled on Greek tragedies (circa 4 BC - 65 AD)
    Walter William Skeat
    English philologist (1835-1912)
    Fausto Paolo Sozzini
    Italian theologian who argued against Trinitarianism (1539-1604)
    ancient Athenian philosopher; teacher of Plato and Xenophon (470-399 BC)
    Herbert Spencer
    English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903)
    Oswald Spengler
    German philosopher who argued that cultures grow and decay in cycles (1880-1936)
    Benedict de Spinoza
    Dutch philosopher who espoused a pantheistic system (1632-1677)
    Rudolf Steiner
    Austrian philosopher who founded anthroposophy (1861-1925)
    Dugald Stewart
    Scottish philosopher and follower of Thomas Reid (1753-1828)
    William Stubbs
    English historian noted for his constitutional history of medieval England (1825-1901)
    Emanuel Swedenborg
    Swedish theologian (1688-1772)
    Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    Roman historian who wrote major works on the history of the Roman Empire (56-120)
    Sir Rabindranath Tagore
    Indian writer and philosopher whose poetry (based on traditional Hindu themes) pioneered the use of colloquial Bengali (1861-1941)
    Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
    French paleontologist and philosopher (1881-1955)
    Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus
    Carthaginian theologian whose writing influenced early Christian theology (160-230)
    Thales of Miletus
    a presocratic Greek philosopher and astronomer (who predicted an eclipse in 585 BC) who was said by Aristotle to be the founder of physical science; he held that all things originated in water (624-546 BC)
    Greek philosopher who was a student of Aristotle and who succeeded Aristotle as the leader of the Peripatetics (371-287 BC)
    ancient Greek historian remembered for his history of the Peloponnesian War (460-395 BC)
    Paul Johannes Tillich
    United States theologian (born in Germany) (1886-1965)
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
    British philologist and writer of fantasies (born in South Africa) (1892-1973)
    Arnold Joseph Toynbee
    English historian who studied the rise and fall of civilizations looking for cyclical patterns (1889-1975)
    Sir George Otto Trevelyan
    English historian who wrote a history of the American revolution and a biography of his uncle Lord Macaulay (1838-1928)
    George Macaulay Trevelyan
    English historian and son of Sir George Otto Trevelyan whose works include a social history of England and a biography of Garibaldi (1876-1962)
    Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
    United States historian (1912-1989)
    Frederick Jackson Turner
    United States historian who stressed the role of the western frontier in American history (1861-1951)
    Giorgio Vasari
    Italian painter and art historian (1511-1574)
    Karl Adolph Verner
    Danish philologist (1846-1896)
    Sir Paul Gavrilovich Vinogradoff
    British historian (born in Russia) (1854-1925)
    Fourth Earl of Orford
    English writer and historian; son of Sir Robert Walpole (1717-1797)
    Aby Moritz Warburg
    German art historian (1866-1929)
    Isaac Watts
    English poet and theologian (1674-1748)
    Simone Weil
    French philosopher (1909-1943)
    Alfred North Whitehead
    English philosopher and mathematician who collaborated with Bertrand Russell (1861-1947)
    Eliezer Wiesel
    United States writer (born in Romania) who survived Nazi concentration camps and is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust (born in 1928)
    Bernard Arthur Owen Williams
    English philosopher credited with reviving the field of moral philosophy (1929-2003)
    Johann Joachim Winckelmann
    German archaeologist and art historian said to be the father of archaeology (1717-1768)
    Ludwig Josef Johan Wittgenstein
    British philosopher born in Austria; a major influence on logic and logical positivism (1889-1951)
    Friedrich August Wolf
    German classical scholar who claimed that the Iliad and Odyssey were composed by several authors (1759-1824)
    Comer Vann Woodward
    United States historian (1908-1999)
    John Wickliffe
    English theologian whose objections to Roman Catholic doctrine anticipated the Protestant Reformation (1328-1384)
    Greek philosopher (560-478 BC)
    Greek general and historian; student of Socrates (430-355 BC)
    Zeno of Citium
    ancient Greek philosopher who founded the Stoic school (circa 335-263 BC)
    Zeno of Elea
    ancient Greek philosopher who formulated paradoxes that defended the belief that motion and change are illusory (circa 495-430 BC)
    Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf
    German theologian (1700-1760)
    Huldreich Zwingli
    Swiss theologian whose sermons began the Reformation in Switzerland (1484-1531)
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    academician, schoolman
    a scholar who is skilled in academic disputation
    alum, alumna, alumnus, grad, graduate
    a person who has received a degree from a school (high school or college or university)
    a scholar who specializes in Arab languages and culture
    someone trained in compiling bibliographies
    bibliophile, book lover, booklover
    someone who loves (and usually collects) books
    Cabalist, Kabbalist
    a student of the Jewish Kabbalah
    Dr., doctor
    a person who holds Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) from an academic institution
    a wandering scholar in medieval Europe; famed for intemperance and riotous behavior and the composition of satirical and ribald Latin songs
    historian, historiographer
    a person who is an authority on history and who studies it and writes about it
    a classical scholar or student of the liberal arts
    initiate, learned person, pundit, savant
    someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
    a scholar who knowledgeable in Islamic studies
    holds a license (degree) from a (European) university
    Masorete, Masorite, Massorete
    a scholar who is expert on the Masorah (especially one of the Jewish scribes who contributed to the Masorah)
    someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution
    an Islamic scholar who engages in ijtihad, the effort to derive rules of divine law from Muslim sacred texts
    a student of musicology
    bookworm, pedant, scholastic
    a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit
    a lover of learning
    a specialist in philosophy
    post doc, postdoc
    a scholar or researcher who is involved in academic study beyond the level of a doctoral degree
    a person who enjoys reading
    Renaissance man
    a scholar during the Renaissance who (because knowledge was limited) could know almost everything about many topics
    Renaissance man, generalist
    a modern scholar who is in a position to acquire more than superficial knowledge about many different interests
    salutatorian, salutatory speaker
    a graduating student with the second highest academic rank; may deliver the opening address at graduation exercises
    a scholar who writes explanatory notes on an author (especially an ancient commentator on a classical author)
    Schoolman, medieval Schoolman
    a scholar in one of the universities of the Middle Ages; versed in scholasticism
    Shakespearean, Shakespearian
    a Shakespearean scholar
    a student of Chinese history and language and culture
    theologian, theologiser, theologist, theologizer
    someone who is learned in theology or who speculates about theology
    valedictorian, valedictory speaker
    the student with the best grades who usually delivers the valedictory address at commencement
    a scholar of or an authority on the Vedas
    a philosopher who subscribes to nativism
    a historian who writes annals
    art historian
    a historian of art
    someone who spends a great deal of time reading
    someone who writes chronicles
    Church Father, Father, Father of the Church
    (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
    classical scholar, classicist
    a student of ancient Greek and Latin
    a member of a group of ancient Greek philosophers who advocated the doctrine that virtue is the only good and that the essence of virtue is self-control
    Doctor, Doctor of the Church
    (Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching
    eclectic, eclecticist
    someone who selects according to the eclectic method
    a philosopher who subscribes to empiricism
    a specialist in epistemology
    a theologian who specializes in eschatology
    aesthetician, esthetician
    a philosopher who specializes in the nature of beauty
    ethician, ethicist
    a philosopher who specializes in ethics
    existential philosopher, existentialist, existentialist philosopher
    a philosopher who emphasizes freedom of choice and personal responsibility but who regards human existence in a hostile universe as unexplainable
    a theologian who believes that the Scripture prophecies of the Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation) will be fulfilled in the future
    a scholiast who writes glosses or glossaries
    member of a Hindu sect practicing gymnosophy (especially nudism)
    a person of great and varied learning
    Ivy Leaguer
    a student or graduate at an Ivy League school
    someone who believes the doctrine of free will
    man of letters
    a man devoted to literary or scholarly activities
    a philosopher who subscribes to the doctrine of mechanism
    a philosopher who specializes in morals and moral problems
    an advocate of the doctrine that the world can be understood in scientific terms
    someone who does not believe the doctrine of free will
    a philosopher who has adopted the doctrine of nominalism
    old boy
    a former male pupil of a school
    philologist, philologue
    a humanist specializing in classical scholarship
    a philosopher who believes that no single explanation can account for all the phenomena of nature
    a theologian who believes that the Scripture prophecies of the Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation) are being fulfilled at the present time
    any philosopher who lived before Socrates
    a theologian who believes that the Scripture prophecies of the Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation) have already been fulfilled
    someone who insists on great precision and correctness (especially in the use of words)
    a philosopher who believes that universals are real and exist independently of anyone thinking of them
    a Scholastic philosopher or theologian
    any of a group of Greek philosophers and teachers in the 5th century BC who speculated on a wide range of subjects
    a member of the ancient Greek school of philosophy founded by Zeno
    advocate of transcendentalism
    one who practices yoga and has achieved a high level of spiritual insight
    Karl Popper, Popper, Sir Karl Raimund Popper
    British philosopher (born in Austria) who argued that scientific theories can never be proved to be true, but are tested by attempts to falsify them (1902-1994)
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    intellect, intellectual
    a person who uses the mind creatively
  2. noun
    someone (especially a child) who learns (as from a teacher) or takes up knowledge or beliefs
    synonyms: assimilator, learner
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    memoriser, memorizer
    a person who learns by rote
    quick study, sponge
    someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily
    dweeb, grind, nerd, swot, wonk
    an insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious
    learns from a tutor
    someone who memorizes quickly and easily (as the lines for a part in a play)
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  3. noun
    a student who holds a scholarship
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    Rhodes scholar
    a student who holds one of the scholarships endowed by the will of Cecil J. Rhodes that enables the student to study at Oxford University
    type of:
    educatee, pupil, student
    a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution
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