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pe·dan·tic  (p-dntk)
Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules: a pedantic attention to details.

pe·danti·cal·ly adv.
Synonyms: pedantic, academic, bookish, donnish, scholastic
These adjectives mean marked by a narrow, often tiresome focus on or display of learning and especially its trivial aspects: a pedantic writing style; an academic insistence on precision; a bookish vocabulary; donnish refinement of speech; scholastic and excessively subtle reasoning.

pedantic (pɪˈdæntɪk)
1. of, relating to, or characterized by pedantry
peˈdantically adv
pe•dan•tic (pəˈdæn tɪk) or pe•dan′ti•cal,

1. ostentatious in one's learning.
2. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, esp. in teaching.
[1590–1600; pedant + -ic]
pe•dan′ti•cal•ly, adv.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Adj.1.pedantic - marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspectspedantic - marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
scholarly - characteristic of scholars or scholarship; "scholarly pursuits"; "a scholarly treatise"; "a scholarly attitude"

1. hairsplitting, particular, formal, precise, fussy, picky (informal), nit-picking (informal), punctilious, priggish, pedagogic, anal retentive, overnice all his pedantic quibbles about grammar
2. academic, pompous, schoolmasterly, stilted, erudite, scholastic, didactic, bookish, abstruse, donnish, sententious His lecture was pedantic and uninteresting.
pedantic [pɪˈdæntɪk] ADJpedante
pedantic [pɪˈdæntɪk] adjtatillon(ne)
adjpedantisch; to be pedantic about somethingin Bezug auf etw (acc)pedantisch sein
pedantic [pɪˈdæntɪk] adjpedante, pedantesco/a

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He is never pedantic, and, for all his close adherence to broad principles, he is ready to admit that no two ships can be treated exactly alike.
He was continually traveling through the three provinces entrusted to him, was pedantic in the fulfillment of his duties, severe to cruelty with his subordinates, and went into everything down to the minutest details himself.
Roe Lockwood & Son, New York, for my Spanish books, and I dare say that my letters were sufficiently pedantic, and filled with a simulated acquaintance with all Spanish literature.
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