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pedantic
used in The Magic Mountain

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Definition
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
  • She was probably not a dressmaker after all, because she spoke correctly, almost pedantically.
    3.2 - Breakfast (59% in)
pedantically = with too much concern for formal rules or book learning
  • Space, like time, gives birth to forgetfulness, but does so by removing an individual from all relationships and placing him in a free and pristine state—indeed, in but a moment it can turn a pedant and philistine into something like a vagabond.
    1.1 - Arrival (15% in)
  • pedant = someone too concerned with formal rules or book learning
  • I am, as you see, a little impatient in matters intellectual and would prefer to be denounced as a pedant rather than to leave uncontested views I consider to be as deserving of refutation as those that you have formulated here.
    4.1 - A Necessary Purchase (53% in)
  • pedant = someone too concerned with details or book learning
  • That would just be dry pedantry!
    5.3 - Freedom (29% in)
  • What you mean to say is that he's pedantic.
    5.9 - Walpurgis Night (62% in)
  • Do you consider us Germans pedantic—us other Germans?
    5.9 - Walpurgis Night (62% in)
  • What all Europe refers to as liberty is, perhaps, something rather pedantic, rather bourgeois in comparison to our need for order—that's the point!
    5.9 - Walpurgis Night (63% in)
  • That form of address, as cultivated in the West and in civilized society, seems terribly bourgeois and pedantic to me.
    5.9 - Walpurgis Night (89% in)
  • Formality is the same thing as pedantry!
    5.9 - Walpurgis Night (89% in)
  • pedantry = too much concern for formal rules
  • Had his notion that they ought to write one another not been very bourgeois, very pedantic—particularly when all along he had felt it was unnecessary, even undesirable for them to speak to one another?
    6.1 - Changes (40% in)

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