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noun,plural ped·ant·ries.
  1. the character, qualities, practices, etc., of a pedant, especially undue display of learning.

  2. slavish attention to rules, details, etc.

  1. 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

Words Nearby pedantry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use pedantry in a sentence

  • Yet the accent was frankly Northern, and the diction free from any obtrusive elegance or trace of pedantry.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • Peace to thy honest spirit; for thou wert wise without vanity, learned without pedantry, and joyous without vulgarity.

    Prices of Books | Henry B. Wheatley

British Dictionary definitions for pedantry


/ (ˈpɛdəntrɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. 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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