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Synonyms for pupil
ˈpyu pəlpupil

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English Synonyms and Antonyms4.0 / 2 votes

  1. pupil

    The primary sense of a scholar is one who is being schooled; thence the word passes to denote one who is apt in school work, and finally one who is thoroughly schooled, master of what the schools can teach, an erudite, accomplished person: when used without qualification, the word is generally understood in this latter sense; as, he is manifestly a scholar. Pupil signifies one under the close personal supervision or instruction of a teacher or tutor. Those under instruction in schools below the academic grade are technically and officially termed pupils. The word pupil is uniformly so used in the Reports of the Commissioner of Education of the United States, but popular American usage prefers scholar in the original sense; as, teachers and scholars enjoyed a holiday. Those under instruction in Sunday-schools are uniformly designated as Sunday-school scholars. Student is applied to those in the higher grades or courses of study, as the academic, collegiate, scientific, etc. Student suggests less proficiency than scholar in the highest sense, the student being one who is learning, the scholar one who has learned. On the other hand, student suggests less of personal supervision than pupil; thus, the college student often becomes the private pupil of some instructor in special studies. For disciple, etc., compare synonyms for ADHERENT.

    disciple, learner, savant, scholar, student

    dunce, fool, idiot, idler, ignoramus, illiterate person

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  1. pupil

    scholar, learner, student, tyro, novice, ward

    teacher, master, proficient, adept, guardian

Princeton's WordNet1.0 / 2 votes

  1. student, pupil, educateenoun

    a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution

    bookman, scholar, schoolchild, scholarly person, student, school-age child, educatee

  2. pupilnoun

    the contractile aperture in the center of the iris of the eye; resembles a large black dot

    school-age child, educatee, student, schoolchild

  3. schoolchild, school-age child, pupilnoun

    a young person attending school (up through senior high school)

    school-age child, schoolchild, student, educatee

Editors Contribution3.3 / 6 votes

  1. mentee

    Submitted by acronimous on January 19, 2014  

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pupilnoun

    (anat.) apple of the eye

  2. pupilnoun

    learner, scholar, disciple, student, tyro, neophyte, CATECHUMEN, ELEVE

  3. pupilnoun

    (Law.) ward

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pupilnoun

    scholar, learner, disciple, catechumen, neophyte, tyro, novice, probationer

PPDB, the paraphrase database1.0 / 1 vote

  1. List of paraphrases for "pupil":

    student, pupils, students, ward, disciple, learner

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    An elementary pupil was asked by the teacher about her view of writing. The little girl said, Good writing requires a good vocabulary. A good writer requires a good conduct in many ways.

  2. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.

  3. Francisco Zelada:

    The last death threat I received in March said: 'We'll shoot you while you're driving your car'. We're afraid. Some schools and the areas around them are totally controlled by gangs, we fear reprisals from the gangs. Any decision you take and they don't like, like disciplinary action against a pupil, can bring a threat.

  4. John Stuart Mill:

    The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do.

  5. Victor Hugo:

    The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.”

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