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pedantic

or pedantical

[puh-dan-tik] /pəˈdæn tɪk/
adjective
1.
ostentatious in one's learning.
2.
overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.
Origin of pedantic
1590-1600
1590-1600; pedant + -ic
Related forms
pedantically, adverb
pedanticalness, noun
semipedantic, adjective
semipedantical, adjective
semipedantically, adverb
unpedantic, adjective
unpedantical, adjective
Synonyms
2. didactic, doctrinaire.
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Examples from the Web for pedantically
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  • This speech, pedantically delivered, probably seemed to Monsieur Roguin so fine that his hearer could not at once understand it.

    Vendetta Honore de Balzac
  • It belonged to Conrad Wolfhardt, who pedantically translated his family name into Lycosthenes.

    French Book-plates Walter Hamilton
  • It is very possible that it may have been pedantically introduced in the seventeenth century.

  • Still, to call Gallipoli "bloody Hell" is, after all, only a pedantically exact description.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • To Edwarda he was polite and kind, often fatherly, and pedantically instructive, as he had been so many times before.

    Pan Knut Hamsun
  • He ridicules them for pedantically "dressing all their discourse in the language of the Faculty."

    A Book about Doctors John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • Grant that it may be, and often is, mechanically or pedantically pursued.

  • The latter had only one side, and therefore—plurally and pedantically speaking—no sides.

    Flatland Edwin Abbott Abbott
  • Later this would, perhaps, become clearer to me; not pedantically, but because the spirit of that early time was still alive.

    San Cristbal de la Habana Joseph Hergesheimer
  • This writer, though he pedantically insulted everybody else who broke the rules, allowed himself singular privileges.

British Dictionary definitions for pedantically

pedantic

/pɪˈdæntɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by pedantry
Derived Forms
pedantically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pedantically

pedantic

adj.

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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