A rigid and rule-following academic is an example of a pedant.
- a person who puts unnecessary stress on minor or trivial points of learning, displaying a scholarship lacking in judgment or sense of proportion
- a teacher characterized by insistence on exact adherence to a set of arbitrary rules
- Obs. a schoolmaster
Origin of pedantFrench pédant, pedant, schoolmaster ; from Italian pedante, ultimately ; from Classical Greek paidag?gos: see pedagogue
- One who ostentatiously exhibits academic knowledge or who pays undue attention to minor details or formal rules.
- Obsolete A schoolmaster.
Origin of pedantFrench pédant or Italian pedante (French, from Italian), possibly from Vulgar Latin *paed&emacron;ns, *paedent-, present participle of *paedere, to instruct, probably from Greek paideuein, from pais, paid-, child; see pedo–2.
- A person who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.
- A person who emphasizes his/her knowledge through the use of vocabulary.
pedant - Computer Definition
A person who puts unnecessary emphasis on minor or trivial rules or points of learning, thereby displaying a scholarship lacking in proportion or judgment. Such a display often is purely ostentatious, if occasionally fun among friends. However, one should always eschew obfuscation.