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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

Synonyms for pedantic

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Examples from the Web for pedantically

Historical Examples of 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

    Walter Hamilton

  • Designers were constrained to work in the pedantically archaeological manner prescribed by architectural fashion.

British Dictionary definitions for pedantically


  1. of, relating to, or characterized by pedantry
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Derived Formspedantically, adverb
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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.

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