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[puh-dan-tik] /pəˈdæn tɪk/
ostentatious in one's learning.
overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.
Also, Archaic, pedantical.
Origin of pedantic
First recorded in 1590-1600; pedant + -ic
Related forms
pedantically, adverb
pedanticalness, noun
semipedantic, adjective
semipedantical, adjective
semipedantically, adverb
unpedantic, adjective
unpedantical, adjective
2. didactic, doctrinaire. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pedantically
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  • Grant that it may be, and often is, mechanically or pedantically pursued.

  • Whether he was pedantically profound in the law or not might be an open question.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • "But you can't see it now either," corrected Ditte pedantically.

    Ditte: Girl Alive! Martin Andersen Nexo
  • It belonged to Conrad Wolfhardt, who pedantically translated his family name into Lycosthenes.

    French Book-plates Walter Hamilton
  • Designers were constrained to work in the pedantically archaeological manner prescribed by architectural fashion.

  • Still, to call Gallipoli "bloody Hell" is, after all, only a pedantically exact description.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • To Edwarda he was polite and kind, often fatherly, and pedantically instructive, as he had been so many times before.

    Pan Knut Hamsun
  • This speech, pedantically delivered, probably seemed to Monsieur Roguin so fine that his hearer could not at once understand it.

    Vendetta Honore de Balzac
  • He ridicules them for pedantically "dressing all their discourse in the language of the Faculty."

    A Book about Doctors John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • The latter had only one side, and therefore—plurally and pedantically speaking—no sides.

    Flatland Edwin Abbott Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for pedantically


of, relating to, or characterized by pedantry
Derived Forms
pedantically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pedantically



formed in English c.1600, from pedant + -ic. The French equivalent is pédantesque. Perhaps first attested in John Donne's "Sunne Rising," where he bids the morning sun let his love and him linger in bed, telling it, "Sawcy pedantique wretch, goe chide Late schooleboyes." Related: Pedantical (1580s); pedantically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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