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pedantic

[ puh-dan-tik ]
/ pəˈdæn tɪk /
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adjective
ostentatious in one's learning.
overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.

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Also Archaic, pe·dan·ti·cal .

Origin of pedantic

First recorded in 1590–1600; pedant + -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for pedantic

pedantic
/ (pɪˈdæntɪk) /

adjective
of, relating to, or characterized by pedantry

Derived forms of pedantic

pedantically, adverb
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