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pe·dan·tic

 (pə-dăn′tĭk)
adj.
Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for academic knowledge and formal rules: a pedantic attention to details.

pe·dan′ti·cal·ly adv.

pedantic

(pɪˈdæntɪk)
adj
of, relating to, or characterized by pedantry. Also (obsolete): pedantical
peˈdantically adv

pe•dan•tic

(pəˈdæn tɪk)

or pe•dan′ti•cal,



adj.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"

pedantic

adjective
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

adjective
Characterized by a narrow concern for book learning and formal rules, without knowledge or experience of practical matters:
Translations
شَديد التَّحَذْلُق
pedantickýpedantskýslovíčkářský
kirjaimellinenpedanttinenpikkumainenpikkutarkkarikkiviisas
tudálékos
smámunasamur
pedantský
kuralcımızmız

pedantic

[pɪˈdæntɪk] ADJpedante

pedantic

[pɪˈdæntɪk] adjtatillon(ne)

pedantic

adjpedantisch; to be pedantic about somethingin Bezug auf etw (acc)pedantisch sein

pedantic

[pɪˈdæntɪk] adjpedante, pedantesco/a

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 ?
Too pedantic. Too courageous with themselves--perhaps.
"The facts are as follows," replied Tibby, who had at times a pedantic lucidity.
LIZA [speaking with pedantic correctness of pronunciation and great beauty of tone] How do you do, Mrs.
"And natural," repeated Lebedeff with pedantic obstinacy.
"He's a cursed white-blooded pedantic coxcomb," said Will, with gnashing impetuosity.
Much more voluminous and varied was the work of Miss Burney's successor, Maria Edgeworth, who devoted a great part of her long life (1767-1849) to active benevolence and to attendance on her father, an eccentric and pedantic English gentleman who lived mostly on his estate in Ireland and who exercised the privilege of revising or otherwise meddling with most of her books.
COMPLEMENTAL VERSES The Pretensions of Poverty Thou dost presume too much, poor needy wretch, To claim a station in the firmament Because thy humble cottage, or thy tub, Nurses some lazy or pedantic virtue In the cheap sunshine or by shady springs, With roots and pot-herbs; where thy right hand, Tearing those humane passions from the mind, Upon whose stocks fair blooming virtues flourish, Degradeth nature, and benumbeth sense, And, Gorgon-like, turns active men to stone.
Then the vaunted distinction between Greek and English, between Classic and Romantic schools, seems superficial and pedantic. When a thought of Plato becomes a thought to me,--when a truth that fired the soul of Pindar fires mine, time is no more.
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.
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.
"The Magnalia is a strange, pedantic history, in which true events and real personages move before the reader with the dreamy aspect which they wore in Cotton Mather's singular mind.
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.