pedantry

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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pedantry (plural pedantries)

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

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