pedantic

[puh-dan-tik]
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adjective

ostentatious in one's learning.
overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.

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

Synonyms for pedantic

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Examples from the Web for pedantically

Historical Examples of pedantically

  • Later this would, perhaps, become clearer to me; not pedantically, but because the spirit of that early time was still alive.

    San Cristbal de la Habana

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • The latter had only one side, and therefore—plurally and pedantically speaking—no sides.

    Flatland

    Edwin Abbott Abbott

  • Grant that it may be, and often is, mechanically or pedantically pursued.

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

    Vendetta

    Honore de Balzac

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

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man

    Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion



British Dictionary definitions for pedantically

pedantic

adjective

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

pedantic

adj.

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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