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  1. ostentatious in one's learning.
  2. 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
Related formspe·dan·ti·cal·ly, adverbpe·dan·ti·cal·ness, nounsem·i·pe·dan·tic, adjectivesem·i·pe·dan·ti·cal, adjectivesem·i·pe·dan·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·pe·dan·tic, adjectiveun·pe·dan·ti·cal, adjective

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Related Words for pedantical

abstruse, academic, arid, bookish, didactic, doctrinaire, dry, dull, egotistic, erudite, formal, fussy, hairsplitting, inkhorn, learned, literary, ostentatious, particular, pedagogic, pompous

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Historical Examples of pedantical

  • It took at least five minutes before the wearisome, pedantical fellow had finished his arrangements and preparations.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844


  • I do not think that success will come by a pedantical insistence upon correctness in form without regard to the sense.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • There remain two appendices touching the tradition of knowledge, the one critical, the other pedantical.

British Dictionary definitions for pedantical


  1. of, relating to, or characterized by pedantry
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Derived Formspedantically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pedantical



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.

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