- An example of pedantry is a friend standing in line for a show not letting another friend cut in line in front of them.
- An example of pedantry is a teacher insisting that the students learn the minute, obscure details of a subject.
- the qualities, practices, etc. of a pedant; ostentatious display of knowledge, or an instance of this
- an arbitrary adherence to rules and forms
Origin of pedantryFrench pédanterie from Italian pedanteria from pedante: see pedant
- The ostentatious display of academic knowledge, or undue attention paid to minor details or formal rules: His detailed research was dismissed as pedantry.
- An instance of pedantic behavior: grew tired of his pedantries.
pedant + -ry. From Middle French pedant, pedante, from Italian pedante (“a teacher, schoolmaster, pedant"), of uncertain origin, traced by some sources to Latin paedagogans, present participle of paedagogare (= to teach, from Greek "paedagogein" = to instruct children). Confer French pÃ©danterie.