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  • adj. Pedantic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as pedantic.


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  • [2056] Because they are rich, and have other means to live, they think it concerns them not to know, or to trouble themselves with it; a fitter task for younger brothers, or poor men's sons, to be pen and inkhorn men, pedantical slaves, and no whit beseeming the calling of a gentleman, as Frenchmen and

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Minutius Felix, so Victorinus, thus far Arnobius: I cite and quote mine authors (which, howsoever some illiterate scribblers account pedantical, as a cloak of ignorance, and opposite to their affected fine style, I must and will use) sumpsi, non suripui; and what Varro, lib.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • I shall never upgrade, you misanthropic bile spewing pedantical tosser!

    it’s No Name-Calling Week, mofos! « raincoaster

  • But this is true, that of the methods of common-places that I have seen, there is none of any sufficient worth, all of them carrying merely the face of a school and not of a world; and referring to vulgar matters and pedantical divisions, without all life or respect to action.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • It took at least five minutes before the wearisome, pedantical fellow had finished his arrangements and preparations.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844

  • A Ph.D. is quite unnecessary in order to be academic in this sense, just as one does not have to be a scholar in order to be pedantical.

    Definitions: Essays in Contemporary Criticism

  • His comfortable view was that “the sensible and interesting conversations of a woman of merit are more proper to form a young man than all the pedantical philosophy of books [97].”


  • "I fear I was sadly pedantical," said I, overcome with confusion at the memory.

    David Balfour, a sequel to Kidnapped.

  • He was weak, superstitious, pedantical; towards the Protestants he was even cruel; but he was a singlehearted man, who lived in honest fear of evil, so far as he understood what evil was; and he alone could rise above the menaces of worldly suffering, under which his brethren on the bench sank so rapidly into meekness and submission.

    The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)

  • It is surely time that ancient literature should be examined in a different manner, without pedantical prepossessions, but with a just allowance, at the same time, for the difference of circumstances and manners.

    Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches — Volume 1


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