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[puh-dan-tik] /pəˈdæn tɪk/
ostentatious in one's learning.
overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.
Also, pedantical.
Origin of pedantic
1590-1600; pedant + -ic
Related forms
pedantically, adverb
pedanticalness, noun
semipedantic, adjective
semipedantical, adjective
semipedantically, adverb
unpedantic, adjective
unpedantical, adjective
2. didactic, doctrinaire. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pedantic
  • At times, such pedantic details stop the plot cold.
  • Not to be pedantic, but there appears to be a unit conversion error here.
  • This has been a remarkably silly discussion of pedantic, academic folly.
  • While you're technically correct, you're being pedantic.
  • But this is not always a welcome rhetorical move, especially when it comes across as pedantic or condescending.
  • Not to go all pedantic or anything, but "irregardless" is not a word.
  • He talks quickly, with pedantic precision.
  • His pleasantly pedantic essays are no longer either novel or informing.
  • It's not pedantic, just practical, and I agree with these guidelines.
  • Even seemingly pedantic botanical details bear out the theme of empire.
British Dictionary definitions for pedantic


of, relating to, or characterized by pedantry
Derived Forms
pedantically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pedantic

formed in English c.1600, from pedant + -ic. The French equivalent is pédantesque. Perhaps first attested in John Donne's "Sunne Rising," where he bids the morning sun let his love and him linger in bed, telling it, "Sawcy pedantique wretch, goe chide Late schooleboyes." Related: Pedantical (1580s); pedantically.

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