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too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
  • 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.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (32% in)
pedantic = excessive concern with formal rules and details
  • Dessalles, the tutor he had brought from Switzerland, was wearing a coat of Russian cut and talking broken Russian to the servants, but was still the same narrowly intelligent, conscientious, and pedantic preceptor.
    Book Nine — 1812 (32% in)
  • pedantic = with excessive concern for formal rules, details, or book learning
  • Perhaps it need not be done so pedantically, thought Nicholas, or even done at all, but this untiring, continual spiritual effort of which the sole aim was the children's moral welfare delighted him.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (68% in)
pedantically = with too much concern for formal rules and details
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