Pedantry Definition

pĕdn-trē
pedantries
noun
The qualities, practices, etc. of a pedant; ostentatious display of knowledge, or an instance of this.
Webster's New World
An arbitrary adherence to rules and forms.
Webster's New World
An instance of pedantic behavior.
Grew tired of his pedantries.
American Heritage
Pedantry is an excessive attention to the rules or paying strong attention to the minor points of learning.
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.
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An overly ambitious display of learning.

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Synonyms:
exactnessfinicalnesspedagogerydogmatismpretensionbookishnessdisplay of knowledgeprecisionmeticulousnesssophistry
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Other Word Forms of Pedantry

Noun

Singular:
pedantry
Plural:
pedantries

Origin of Pedantry

  • 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 pédanterie.

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