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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 = showoffs of 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 = too concerned with 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 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
  • ...no pedant sophisters to confound us with unintelligible mysteries:
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • pedant = someone too concerned with 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
  • stupid, proud pedants
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • pedants = people too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
  • 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
  • pedantic = too concerned with formal rules and details
  • 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
  • pedantic = too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
  • 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
  • pedantry = being too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
  • 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
  • pedantry = excessive concern with minor details and rules
  • 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
  • pedantic = excessive concern with formal rules, or book learning; or inappropriate showing off of knowledge
  • 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
pedantic = too concerned with book learning

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