pedantry

[ ped-n-tree ]
/ ˈpɛd n tri /

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pedantry

British Dictionary definitions for pedantry

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012