from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for academic knowledge and formal rules.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a pedant or pedantry; overrating the importance of mere learning; also, making an undue or inappropriate display of learning; of language, style, etc., exhibiting pedantry; absurdly learned: as, a pedantic air.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Of or pertaining to a pedant; characteristic of, or resembling, a pedant; ostentatious of learning
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Like a
pedant, overly concerned with formalrules and trivialpoints of learning.
- adjective Being
showyof one’s knowledge, often in a boringmanner.
- adjective Being
finickyor fastidious, especially with language.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
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Ha, true, but then we'd have to argue over, since it's not just normal pedantic but * super pedantic*, whether my argument-escape-hatch/weasel words 'pretty close' cover my ass.
Egregious typos in pedantic language post = auto-pwn.
Not two sentences into their answer the terms pedantic and didactic were employed with professorial authority.
Sorry, I was just being pedantic about the word pedantic, noticing **in general** how people use the term and their topsy-turvy sense of priorities seem to be.
Ethan, the danger in being pedantic is that you have to set a good example.
It must be confessed, however, that it is generally avoided in print, while the form that we have ventured to call pedantic is not uncommon.
The hatred of the pedantic is the characteristic sentiment of the time.
There is in a grave disposition, when carried to the point of stiffness and ill-grace toward women, something coarsely pedantic, that is unbecoming in great talents and ridiculous in lesser ones.
Not the least among its recommendations is, perhaps, that it is scholarly without being pedantic that is to say, that it aims at correctness without sacrificing the right effect of the whole to over-insistence on small details.
These will include essays on contemporary fiction that are indeed a tad too scholarly (some might say "pedantic") or just too long for ordinary blog posts, as well as other surveys or discussionsofcritical books and articles onpost-1980 fiction.