pedantry


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ped·ant·ry

 (pĕd′n-trē)
n. pl. ped·ant·ries
1. The ostentatious display of academic knowledge, or undue attention paid to minor details or formal rules: His detailed research was dismissed as pedantry.
2. An instance of pedantic behavior: grew tired of his pedantries.

pedantry

(ˈpɛdəntrɪ)
n, pl -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

ped•ant•ry

(ˈpɛd n tri)

n., pl. ped•ant•ries.
1. the character, qualities, or practices of a pedant, esp. undue display of learning.
2. slavish attention to formal rules or minute details.
3. an instance of being pedantic.
[1575–85; < Italian pedanteria]

pedantry

pedanticism, def. 2.
See also: Learning
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pedantry - an ostentatious and inappropriate display of learning
fanfare, ostentation, flash - a gaudy outward display

pedantry

noun
1. hairsplitting, quibbling, pomposity, sophistry, punctiliousness, finickiness, pettifoggery, finicality, overnicety The results of the survey are exhaustive to the point of pedantry.
2. stuffiness, pomposity, intellectualism, pretentiousness, bookishness, donnishness, pedagogism The novel suffers from pedantry and dullness.
Quotations
"Pedantry is the dotage of knowledge" [Holbrook Jackson Anatomy of Bibliomania]
Translations
تَحَذْلُق، إدّعاء المَعْرِفَه
pedanteriepuntičkářství
ordkløveripedanteri
pedanttisuuspikkutarkkuusrikkiviisaussaivarteluviisastelu
pedantériatudálékosság
smámunasemi
puntičkárstvo
ukalâlık

pedantry

[ˈpedəntrɪ] Npedantería f

pedantry

nPedanterie f

pedantry

[ˈpɛdəntrɪ] npedanteria

pedant

(ˈpedənt) noun
1. a person who makes a great show of his knowledge.
2. a person who attaches too much importance to minor details.
peˈdantic (-ˈdӕn-) adjective
peˈdantically adverb
ˈpedantry noun
References in classic literature ?
Pardon the pedantry of a Latin quotation, and believe me,
By degrees they sink into the category of the reactionary conservative Socialists depicted above, differing from these only by more systematic pedantry, and by their fanatical and superstitious belief in the miraculous effects of their social science.
I felt it very improper, for you can't go on for some years teaching etiquette and decorum to other girls without the pedantry of it biting into yourself a bit.
Babcock's tender conscience seemed to him a capital farce, and his traveling back to Milan only to get into a deeper muddle appeared, as the reward of his pedantry, exquisitely and ludicrously just.
I wonder now that I did not see how my physician avoided his medicine, but I did not, and I went on to spend myself in an endeavor as vain and senseless as any that pedantry has conceived.
Tall, handsome, and finely-formed, she was a good musician, drew and painted, spoke several languages, and even knew something of science,--a dangerous advantage, which requires a woman to avoid carefully all appearance of pedantry.
He carried his scholarship, however, to the point of pedantry, not only in the illustrative extracts from Latin authors with which in the printed edition he filled the lower half of his pages, but in the plays themselves in the scrupulous exactitude of his rendering of the details of Roman life.
Fyne's opinions had a large freedom in their pedantry.
The delicious fancies of youth reject the least savor of a mature philosophy, as chilling with age and pedantry their purple bloom.
His gentleness was never tinged by dogmatism, and his instructions were given with an air of frankness and good nature that banished every idea of pedantry.
Julius Laspara no doubt knew which of his girls it was who, after casually vanishing for a few years, had as casually returned to him possessed of that child; but, with admirable pedantry, he had refrained from asking her for details--no, not so much as the name of the father, because maternity should be an anarchist function.
In order to escape the imputation of pedantry we shall render the substance, and, so far as it is possible, the form of the dialogue that succeeded, into the English tongue.