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Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
  too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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SAT Alert:  Although "pedantic" is the most commonly seen form of this word, the noun form, "pedant" (a person who is pedantic) is more common on SAT review lists.
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  • Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
  • Don’t let grammatical pedantry obscure your authentic voice.
  • Of course the man’s a pedant.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • A domineering pedant o’er the boy,
    Shakespeare, William  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost

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  • The most important single thing we had to pound into ourselves was that we were not important, we mustn’t be pedants; we were not to feel superior to anyone else in the world.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • LIZA [speaking with pedantic correctness of pronunciation and great beauty of tone] How do you do, Mrs. Higgins?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • But I have been pedantically exact, as you call it.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • before you know it, it’ll be 4 P.M. and the pedantic Dr. Dussel will be standing with the clock in his hand because I’m one minute late clearing off the table.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • The man who has risen in society is overrefined, the young scholar is pedantic.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Jonathan was holding me by the arm, the way he used to in the old days before I went to school.  I felt it very improper, for you can’t go on for some years teaching etiquette and decorum to other girls without the pedantry of it biting into yourself a bit.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula

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  • Some other math professors at Brown have murmured that it’s dense and pedantic almost to the point of being unusable or, as Berman warned some students, "definitely not self-serve."
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • This, along with his phraseology, now and then was suggestive of the grounds whereon rested that imputation of a certain pedantry socially alleged against him by certain naval men of wholly practical cast,
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • You might have said at least a hundred things
    By varying the tone. . .like this, suppose,. . .
    Aggressive:  ’Sir, if I had such a nose
    I’d amputate it!’  ...
    Pedantic:  ’That beast Aristophanes
    Names Hippocamelelephantoles
    Must have possessed just such a solid lump
    Of flesh and bone, beneath his forehead’s bump!’
    Dramatic:  ’When it bleeds, what a Red Sea!’
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Indeed he was more pedantic than I can represent him, and placed more scraps of Latin in his speech; but...
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • I’m just so sick of pedants and conceited little tearer-downers I could scream.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • After forty years’ experience, he had learnt to manage his life and make the best of it on advanced European lines, had developed his personality, explored his limitations, controlled his passions—and he had done it all without becoming either pedantic or worldly.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The pedant, the braggart,
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • pedant sophisters to confound us with unintelligible mysteries:
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • to which Angus was reputed to have replied that Joseph Strorm was a flinty-souled pedant, and bigoted well beyond reason.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Mr. Diaz, who really needs to work on his anger management issues, yelled at me for disrupting his class with what he called my ’pedantic quibbles.’
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • His voice took on the dry, pedantic tones of Mr. Jenkins.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Startled, I realized that Nathan’s gifted voice was in perfect mockery of my own—pedantic, pompous, insufferable.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Victor was saying, pedantically.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Greed, envy, gluttony, irony, pedantry ….
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • He bit hungrily into his bread and swallowed a couple of mouthfuls, then continued speaking, with a sort of pedant’s passion.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • His gentleness was never tinged by dogmatism, and his instructions were given with an air of frankness and good nature that banished every idea of pedantry.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • "Exactly!" said Xenophilius, his forefinger raised pedantically.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He was continually traveling through the three provinces entrusted to him, was pedantic in the fulfillment of his duties, severe to cruelty with his subordinates, and went into everything down to the minutest details himself.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Mary had neither genius nor taste; and though vanity had given her application, it had given her likewise a pedantic air and conceited manner, which would have injured a higher degree of excellence than she had reached.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • "grave persons" and "reasonable people"; favorite locutions of our sad world where egotism takes its word of command from pedantry.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I used to tease him about being pedantic.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Most villainously; like a pedant that keeps a school i’ the church.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • How fiery and forward our pedant is!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • She was more explicit: the young doctor she had heard so much about in connection with the cholera epidemic seemed a pedant incapable of loving anyone but himself.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Heron made a poor attempt to imitate for his friend Wallis the rector’s pedantic bass and then, laughing at his failure, asked Stephen to do it.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • He articulated the title with an ironic emphasis so as not to appear pedantic.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • It was just that kind of pedantry that made me hate him wildly.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The young man was of a pedantic turn of mind and she felt at once he would not do for her purpose.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • …was a urologist for his urine, a lymphologist for his lymph, an endocrinologist for his endocrines, a psychologist for his psyche, a dermatologist for his derma; there was a pathologist for his pathos, a cystologist for his cysts, and a bald and pedantic cetologist from the zoology department at Harvard who had been shanghaied ruthlessly into the Medical Corps by a faulty anode in an I.B.M. machine and spent his sessions with the dying colonel trying to discuss Moby Dick with him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Two years more of mere pedantry and lying around a club aren’t going to help.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • All else he excluded (almost pedantically) from his memory.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • "He’s a cursed white-blooded pedantic coxcomb," said Will, with gnashing impetuosity.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He had a dark, clear voice that stressed, pedantically, each word.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • "Your mother is in a catatonic state," the woman said in a cold, pedantic tone designed to strike absolute terror in all who were insecure and vulnerable, and she had an easy target in Oz.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • …can be removed if you yourself take a little trouble to make them; you can afterwards baptise them, and put any name you like to them, fathering them on Prester John of the Indies or the Emperor of Trebizond, who, to my knowledge, were said to have been famous poets: and even if they were not, and any pedants or bachelors should attack you and question the fact, never care two maravedis for that, for even if they prove a lie against you they cannot cut off the hand you wrote it with.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It was only when they landed at National Airport that the pedant admitted the truth.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He was a bright, free, generous spirit, he had all the illumination of wisdom and none of its pedantry, and yet he was distressfully dying.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • COMPLEMENTAL VERSES The Pretensions of Poverty Thou dost presume too much, poor needy wretch, To claim a station in the firmament Because thy humble cottage, or thy tub, Nurses some lazy or pedantic virtue In the cheap sunshine or by shady springs, With roots and pot-herbs; where thy right hand, Tearing those humane passions from the mind, Upon whose stocks fair blooming virtues flourish, Degradeth nature, and benumbeth sense, And, Gorgon-like, turns active men to stone.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • This German Socialism, which took its schoolboy task so seriously and solemnly, and extolled its poor stock-in-trade in such mountebank fashion, meanwhile gradually lost its pedantic innocence.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
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