pedantic

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From pedant +‎ -ic.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: pa-dăn'tĭk, IPA(key): /pəˈdæn.tɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -æntɪk

Adjective[edit]

pedantic (comparative more pedantic, superlative most pedantic)

  1. Like a pedant, overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.
  2. Being showy of one’s knowledge, often in a boring manner.
  3. Being finicky or fastidious, especially with language.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1884, J[ulius] F[erdinand] Räbiger, John Macpherson, transl., Encyclopædia of Theology (Clark’s Foreign Theological Library, volume XX), volume I, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, page 79:
    In a special section Tittmann lays down a theological doctrine of method, which embraces theological discipline, that is, the arrangement of study according to a determined plan; theological architectonic, that is, the scientific treatment of theology; and theological pædantic, that is, practical theology.
  • 1895, “BRETSCHNEIDER, Karl Gottlieb”, in The Home Encyclopædia: Compiled and Revised to Date from the Leading Encyclopædias, volume four, Chicago: Educational Publishing Co., page 1102:
    He gives an interesting account of his early childhood and school training, of the impression produced upon him by his father’s dignified bearing, and of the agricultural pursuits and piscatorial amusements by which the clerical and pædantic labors of the latter were diversified.

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Further reading[edit]

  • pedantic” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • pedantic at OneLook Dictionary Search

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From pedant +‎ -ic.

Adjective[edit]

pedantic m or n (feminine singular pedantică, masculine plural pedantici, feminine and neuter plural pedantice)

  1. pedantic

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