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or dry-as-dust  (drī′əz-dŭst′)
A dull, pedantic speaker or writer.

[After Dr. Jonas Dryasdust, a fictitious character to whom Sir Walter Scott dedicated some of his novels.]

dry′as·dust′ adj.
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On the contrary, I fear I shall incur the censure of presumption in placing the venerable name of Dr Jonas Dryasdust at the head of a publication, which the more grave antiquary will perhaps class with the idle novels and romances of the day.
The scantiness of materials is indeed a formidable difficulty; but no one knows better than Dr Dryasdust, that to those deeply read in antiquity, hints concerning the private life of our ancestors lie scattered through the pages of our various historians, bearing, indeed, a slender proportion to the other matters of which they treat, but still, when collected together, sufficient to throw considerable light upon the vie priv
Dryasdust reports to the Author of Waverley at the end of Regauntlet on his researches about what happened thereafter.
You read it, you analyze it, you catalogue it, you do with it as Doctor Dryasdust by T.
In the same way [as Darwin studying earthworms] Dryasdust, by preserving records, mainly because they were antiquated, has provided materials from which the modern historian undertakes to reconstruct a picture of the past, and to lay the foundations of social science.
Dryasdust, someone about whom a biographer has felt duty-bound rather than determined to write.
It is not iust the oddness of the diction, which seems to him to be "so fit for propaganda," so suitable for "a dryasdust theologian," and so inapt for a young, "ever-loveliest" maiden, and therefore so likely to have been suggested to Bernadette by someone else (446); no, for Peyramale, the expression is theologically ungrammatical.
Although Froude was a prodigious worker in original archives, much more so than Freeman in fact, he was no Carlylian Dryasdust.
Dryasdust 13 quedase completamente satisfecho con los equivalentes castellanos de algunas voces y frases relativas a ciertos usos de las edades caballerescas.
Jonas Dryasdust, who derives his existence straight from the pages of Scott's earlier novel, The Antiquary, where he was introduced as a learned friend of the eponymous hero.
An adolescent novice eagerly translates vivid scenes around him into dryasdust meditations and homilies; but in the ordination itself -- which in this community involves a naked young girl, and a crone bearing a knife and stone -- he becomes a snivelling child once more.
Dryasdust is devoted to documents and is skeptical of the kinds of ebullient personal narratives that form so much of the novel's content; instead of relating the old cadie's story with relish, as the narrator would have done, he says, with condescension worthy of Macaulay, that it "seems to refer to some inaccurate account of the transactions in which you seem so much interested" (p.