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pedantry

[ ped-n-tree ]
/ ˈpɛd n tri /
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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.

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Origin of pedantry

First recorded in 1575–85, pedantry is from the Italian word pedanteria.See pedant, -ry
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pedantry
/ (ˈpɛdəntrɪ) /

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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