pedantical


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pedantical

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Characterized by a narrow concern for book learning and formal rules, without knowledge or experience of practical matters:
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Brome, like Dryden after him, praises Denham at the expense of more grammatical translators: "as this Book consists of several men's endeavors, so those several men went several ways; but all studied to shun a nice Pedantical Translation, which Horace could not abide.
Obscuritie in affection of words, & indigested concets, is pedantical and childish; but where it shroudeth it selfe in the hart of his subject, vtterd with witness of figure, and expressiue Epethites; with that darknes wil J still labour to be shadowed.
His tranquil style is perplexed, pedantical, and greatly disfigured with conceits" (E 248).