pedant + -ry. From Middle French pedant, pedante, from Italian pedante (“a teacher, schoolmaster, pedant”), of uncertain origin, traced by some sources to Latin paedagogans, present participle of paedagogare ( = to teach, from Greek "paedagogein" = to instruct children ). Confer French pédanterie.
pedantry (plural pedantries)
- An excessive attention to detail or rules.
- An instance of such behaviour.
- I don't want to listen to your pedantries anymore.
- An overly ambitious display of learning.