Origin of pedantry
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Examples from the Web for pedantry
The rumble at Hofstra was thrilling—a heady blend of testosterone and pedantry.
Seldom can testosterone and pedantry have come together in an American political debate in such electrifying marriage.
Pedantry and affectation began to take the place of boldness and strength.Chinese Painters
His classical attainments, if not florid, were liberal, and free from pedantry.The English Spy
Our society is free from pedantry; and there—no damage can result where no one's the wiser.An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
Once our profession becomes all absorbing it hardens into pedantry.A Preface to Politics
When he writes of ships he does not tease us with the pedantry of technical terms.Suspended Judgments
John Cowper Powys
- the habit or an instance of being a pedant, esp in the display of useless knowledge or minute observance of petty rules or details
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Word Origin and History for pedantry
1610s, from Italian pedanteria, from pedante, or from French pédanterie, from pédant (see pedant).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper