I have heard the adjective erudite in relation to humans, but I was inditing an essay and pondering whether I could implement it to describe a school. An erudite school. Is that permissible?
Can “erudite” be used to describe a school?
Of course it can. Admittedly, there is the matter of whether or not a school is capable of thought (obviously, buildings can’t think, but the people who run a school can). A university can be erudite in the same way a church can be compassionate – the word isn’t necessarily confined to the buildings.
That said, I’ll take the liberty to dispense a little bit of writing advice: don’t scour the thesaurus for a fancy word when a simpler one will do.
I was inditing an essay and pondering whether I could implement it to describe a school.
That should probably be:
I was writing an essay and pondered whether I could use it to describe a school.
Likewise, from your profile:
I am a jocund and tranquil adolescent who possesses a penchant for inditing.
should probably be:
I am a quiet but cheerful adolescent who enjoys writing.
unless you’re trying to be deliberately flowery for humorous effect.
It’s commendable to have a rich vocabulary, but it’s best to save words like erudite, jocund, and inditing for places where words like smart, friendly, and writing won’t work, where there is a pressing need for a word with more precision. Merely sprinkling these words into your writing randomly won’t impress the reader.
There’s a reason we are not called English Language & Implementation. Policies are implemented, not words.
So, erudite may be a good word for a school, but it depends on the school, and what you are trying to say about it. Are you sure that school isn’t intellectual?