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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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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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