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1. Having profound, often systematic knowledge; erudite.
2. Showing or characterized by such knowledge: a learned journal.
3. (lûrnd) Acquired by learning or experience: learned behavior.

[Middle English lerned, educated, past participle of lernen, to learn, teach; see learn.]

learn′ed·ly adv.
learn′ed·ness n.
Synonyms: learned, erudite, scholarly
These adjectives mean having or showing profound knowledge: a learned jurist; an erudite professor; a scholarly treatise.
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Noun1.learnedness - profound scholarly knowledge
education - knowledge acquired by learning and instruction; "it was clear that he had a very broad education"
letters - scholarly attainment; "he is a man of letters"
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Gare has missed this Kantian achievement--there are apparently limits to learnedness.
Bruce) Allen's films represent an output notable for its mixture of genres and its frequently sophisticated learnedness.
At least it would be hard to think of one whose learnedness in that wider, opener side of Texas (as opposed, I mean, to the East Texas of my upbringing) was more exactly placed at the service of interpretation.
In addition to his learnedness in Torah, he has been called a zad-dik--he is also a scholar and free-thinking philosopher, impeded by nothing, in the full sense of the term.
Despite his obvious learnedness, does the author of Chicagonomics really understand libertarianism and current politics?
The pervasive self-figuration of eighteenth-century England as Augustan Rome, then, is inadvertently revealing, because both societies remained culturally and economically dependent on the labor of their subject peoples; just as Rome's cultural life depended upon the wholesale appropriation of Greek literary traditions and the learnedness of Greek slaves, so too the English expect to harness captive traditions of Celtic learning and poetry, harps and bards, for the cause of an imperial state.
Rather, the variety of his columns reflects the learnedness and curiosity of its author: Australian hairdressers, melancholia, darts, homesickness, and the difficulties of dealing with your bank have been among his subjects.
Sarah Bunin Benor, "Talmid Chachams and Tsedeykeses: Language, Learnedness, and Masculinity Among Orthodox Jews," Jewish Social Studies 11, no.
Henry Louis Gates' analysis of CrummelTs endeavor to enter civilization from "high" literary emersion via ancient Greek learnedness is very revealing.
Even though Granger argues persuasively that Mary models a degree of learnedness reminiscent of the type attained by wealthy women, she also shows that Mary's displays of literacy would have been welcome to an increasingly literate lay audience.
60) Just as Montaigne presents himself in "Of cripples" as succumbing to the temptation to go in search for the cause instead of attending to the case, so "That to philosophize is to learn to die" seems to serve as evidence that he has also succumbed to the immoderate desire for learnedness and the voluptuous complacency that comes with the presumption of knowledge.
Phi Kappa Phi Scholar and Artist Awards salute active members who demonstrate the Society's ideals through their achievements, learnedness, and activities.