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pedantic

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Definition too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning

In historic literature, you may see pedant used as a synonym for school teacher.
  • Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
pedantic = overly concerned with book learning
  • Don't let grammatical pedantry obscure your authentic voice.
  • pedantry = excessive concern with rules taught in school
  • 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
  • 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. We're nothing more than dust-jackets for books, of no significance otherwise.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • pedants = people too concerned with academic knowledge
  • Indeed he was more pedantic than I can represent him, and placed more scraps of Latin in his speech; but...
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • pedantic = with excessive concern for formal rules, details, or book learning
  • The pedant, the braggart,
    William Shakespeare  --  Love's Labour's Lost
  • pedant = someone too concerned with book learning
  • The man who has risen in society is overrefined, the young scholar is pedantic.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • pedantic = too concerned with book learning
  • All else he excluded (almost pedantically) from his memory.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • pedantically = with too much concern for details
  • His voice took on the dry, pedantic tones of Mr. Jenkins.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • pedantic = with excessive concern for formal rules, details, or book learning
  • 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
  • pedantry = excessive concern for details or book learning
  • Most villainously; like a pedant that keeps a school i' the church.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • pedant = someone too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
  • LIZA [speaking with pedantic correctness of pronunciation and great beauty of tone] How do you do, Mrs. Higgins?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • pedantic = excessive concern with formal rules, details, or book learning
  • "That's all pedantry and innovation, no use listening to it," the monks decided.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • pedantry = too much concern for formal rules, details, or book learning
  • ...no pedant sophisters to confound us with unintelligible mysteries:
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • pedant = someone too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
  • 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
  • pedantic = excessive concern for details
  • "He's a cursed white-blooded pedantic coxcomb," said Will, with gnashing impetuosity.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • pedantic = with excessive concern for formal rules, details, or book learning
  • 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
  • pedant = someone too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
  • But I have been pedantically exact, as you call it.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • pedantically = with too much concern for details or book learning
  • I'm just so sick of pedants and conceited little tearer-downers I could scream.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
pedants = people too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning

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