SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN adjective ostentatious in one's learning. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.
, Archaic pe·dan·ti·cal. Origin of pedantic
First recorded in
-ic Related forms pe·dan·ti·cal·ly, adverb pe·dan·ti·cal·ness, noun sem·i·pe·dan·tic, adjective sem·i·pe·dan·ti·cal, adjective sem·i·pe·dan·ti·cal·ly, adverb un·pe·dan·tic, adjective un·pe·dan·ti·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pedanticalness adjective of, relating to, or characterized by pedantry Derived Forms pedantically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pedanticalness 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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