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Synonyms for pupil
ˈpyu pəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. student, pupil, educatee(noun)

    a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution

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

  2. pupil(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    school-age child, educatee, student, schoolchild

  3. schoolchild, school-age child, pupil(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    school-age child, schoolchild, student, educatee

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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.

    Synonyms:
    disciple, learner, savant, scholar, student

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pupil

    Synonyms:
    scholar, learner, student, tyro, novice, ward

    Antonyms:
    teacher, master, proficient, adept, guardian

Editors Contribution

  1. mentee

    Submitted by acronimous on January 19, 2014  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. pupil(n.)

    Synonyms:
    (anat.) apple of the eye

  2. pupil(n.)

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

  3. pupil(n.)

    Synonyms:
    (Law.) ward

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. pupil(n)

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "pupil":

    student, pupils, students, ward, disciple, learner

How to pronounce pupil?

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How to say pupil in sign language?

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How to use pupil in a sentence?

  1. 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.”

  2. Clive Staples Lewis:

    What I want to fix your attention on is the vast overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence -- moral, cultural, social or intellectual. And is it not pretty to notice how 'democracy' (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient dictatorships, and by the same methods The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be 'undemocratic.' Children who are fit to proceed may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma by being left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coeval's attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON A MAT. We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when 'I'm as good as you' has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented who are they to overtop their fellows And anyway, the teachers -- or should I say nurses -- will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men.

  3. Nietzsche:

    One repays a teacher badly if one only remains a pupil.

  4. John Stuart Mill:

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

  5. 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.


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