noun, plural ped·ant·ries.

the character, qualities, practices, etc., of a pedant, especially undue display of learning.
slavish attention to rules, details, etc.
an instance of being pedantic: the pedantries of modern criticism.

Origin of pedantry

First recorded in 1575–85, pedantry is from the Italian word pedanteria. See pedant, -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pedantry

meticulousness, precision, pretension, exactness, dogmatism

Examples from the Web for pedantry

Contemporary Examples of pedantry

Historical Examples of pedantry

  • Pedantry and affectation began to take the place of boldness and strength.

    Chinese Painters

    Raphael Petrucci

  • His classical attainments, if not florid, were liberal, and free from pedantry.

    The English Spy

    Bernard Blackmantle

  • Our society is free from pedantry; and there—no damage can result where no one's the wiser.

    An Outcast

    F. Colburn Adams

  • Once our profession becomes all absorbing it hardens into pedantry.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • When he writes of ships he does not tease us with the pedantry of technical terms.

    Suspended Judgments

    John Cowper Powys

British Dictionary definitions for pedantry


noun plural -ries

the habit or an instance of being a pedant, esp in the display of useless knowledge or minute observance of petty rules or details
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Word Origin and History for pedantry

1610s, from Italian pedanteria, from pedante, or from French pédanterie, from pédant (see pedant).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper