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- "He's a cursed white-blooded pedantic coxcomb," said Will, with gnashing impetuosity.Book 2 — Old and Young (92% in)
pedantic = with excessive concern for formal rules, details, or book learning
- But the idea of this dried-up pedant, this elaborator of small explanations about as important as the surplus stock of false antiquities kept in a vendor's back chamber, having first got this adorable young creature to marry him, and then passing his honeymoon away from her, groping after his mouldy futilities (Will was given to hyperbole)—this sudden picture stirred him with a sort of comic disgust: he was divided between the impulse to laugh aloud and the equally unseasonable impulse...Book 2 — Old and Young (80% in)
pedant = someone too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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