- ostentatious in one's learning.
- overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.
Origin of pedantic
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Examples from the Web for pedantically
Grant that it may be, and often is, mechanically or pedantically pursued.The History of Dartmouth College
Baxter Perry Smith
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
Designers were constrained to work in the pedantically archaeological manner prescribed by architectural fashion.
- of, relating to, or characterized by pedantry
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.