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Synonyms of 'education'

the process of teaching, esp. at a school, college, or university
institutions for the care and education of children
Normal schooling has been severely disrupted.
He had no formal training as a decorator.
She will soon be back in training for next year.
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Each candidate is given instruction in safety.
The human organism learns partly by nature, partly by nurture.
The courses will give the beginner personal tuition.
We set off for the East in search of spiritual enlightenment.
a writer who displays an impressive level of erudition
political indoctrination classes
the use of Scripture for the edification of believers
e-learning or elearning
knowledge and understanding acquired through study and training
The library is the focal point of learning on the campus.
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He was a well-travelled man of culture and breeding.
men of low birth and no breeding
I want to take advantage of your lifetime of scholarship.
a race with an advanced state of civilization
She was a woman of cultivation and scholarship.
a girl who possessed both dignity and refinement

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The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet [Aristophanes]
Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave [Lord Henry Broughamspeech to the House of Commons]To live for a time close to great minds is the best education [John BuchanMemory Hold the Door]Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another [G.K. Chesterton]Education made us what we are [C.A. HelvétusDiscours XXX]'Tis education forms the common mind,
Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined
[Alexander PopeEpistles to Several Persons]
Education is something that tempers the young and consoles the old, gives wealth to the poor and adorns the rich [Diogenes (The Cynic)]Even while they teach, men learn [SenecaLetters]Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten [B.F. SkinnerEducation in 1984]To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul [Muriel SparkThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie]Anyone who has passed through the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape [William HazlittThe Ignorance of the Learned]Men must be born free; they cannot be born wise, and it is the duty of any university to make free men wise [Adlai Stevenson]There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and encourage a will to learning, as is praise [Roger AschamThe Schoolmaster]Education: that which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding [Ambrose BierceThe Devil's Dictionary]Man is the only creature which must be educated [Immanuel Kant]Ask me my three main priorities for government and I tell you: education, education, education [Tony Blair]Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world [Nelson Mandela]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of breeding
the result of good upbringing or training
men of low birth and no breeding
in the sense of civilization
intellectual, cultural, and moral refinement
a race with an advanced state of civilization
in the sense of cultivation
culture or refinement
She was a woman of cultivation and scholarship.

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