pedantry

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian pedanteria, equivalent to pedant +‎ -ry. Compare also French pédanterie.

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈpɛd.ən.tɹi/
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pedantry (countable and uncountable, plural pedantries)

  1. An excessive attention to detail or rules.
    1. An instance of such behaviour.
      I don’t want to listen to your pedantries anymore.
  2. An overly ambitious display of learning.

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  • 1695, A Reply to the Second Defence of the XXVIII Propositions, Said to Be Wrote in Answer to a Socinian Manuscript, London, page 3:
    I am adviſed to paſs by whatever does not concern the Cauſe, to bear the Imputation of affected Pœdantry, Ignorance and Arrogance.

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