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pedantry

[ped-n-tree] /ˈpɛd n tri/
noun, plural pedantries.
1.
the character, qualities, practices, etc., of a pedant, especially undue display of learning.
2.
slavish attention to rules, details, etc.
3.
an instance of being pedantic:
the pedantries of modern criticism.
Origin of pedantry
1575-1585
1575-85; Italian pedanteria. See pedant, -ry
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  • Still, after every deduction for mere Laputian pedantry has been made, the balance of fruitful suggestion remains vast.

    History of Modern Philosophy Alfred William Benn
  • Once our profession becomes all absorbing it hardens into pedantry.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • Rosetti, the conductor, had "carried his observance of the most delicate gradations of tone sometimes to the bounds of pedantry."

  • When he writes of ships he does not tease us with the pedantry of technical terms.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • pedantry should be avoided, but every aspirant to correct speech should be a student of the dictionary.

    Talks on Talking Grenville Kleiser
  • Gossip preferable to pedantry, 63;seven centuries off, 92, 97.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • The pedantry of geometrically straight lines is not only no idealism, it is a solecism in Nature.

  • Patriotism is suspected, and sometimes sinks almost to pedantry.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for pedantry

pedantry

/ˈpɛdəntrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
the habit or an instance of being a pedant, esp in the display of useless knowledge or minute observance of petty rules or details
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Word Origin and History for pedantry
n.

1610s, from Italian pedanteria, from pedante, or from French pédanterie, from pédant (see pedant).

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