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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Pedantic attention to detail or rules.
  • n. An instance of pedantic behavior.
  • n. The habit of mind or manner characteristic of a pedant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An excessive attention to detail or rules.
  • n. An instance of such behaviour.
  • n. An overly ambitious display of learning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act, character, or manners of a pedant; vain ostentation of learning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The manners, acts, or character of a pedant; the overrating of mere knowledge, especially of matters of learning which are really of minor importance; also, ostentatious or inappropriate display of learning.
  • n. Undue addiction to the forms of a particular profession, or of some one line of life.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ostentatious and inappropriate display of learning

Etymologies

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. (Wiktionary)

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