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pedantic

[puh-dan-tik] /pəˈdæn tɪk/
adjective
1.
ostentatious in one's learning.
2.
overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.
Also, pedantical.
Origin
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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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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