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  • n. Plural form of pedantry.


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  • His scorn, not all that veiled, emerges clearer by the pedantries of the rise of science of astrological Babylon — calculators, economists and such.

    The Dawn « Unknowing

  • None of his novels look particularly kindly upon his fellow man, but Lucky Jim, his first, is driven by a particularly epic disdain for the idiocies, pedantries, mindless rules and unpleasant personal habits with which humanity is cursed.

    Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

  • Peer Gynt was diametrically opposed in spirit to Brand, and that it made no direct attack upon social questions, the critics of the later poem have too often persisted in darkening it with their educational pedantries.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • He is one of the old standard-issue profs, burbling with shopworn pedantries and condescensions.

    A Tough Lesson In Sexual Harassment

  • Just as theological disputes impoverished and devastated Europe through the long centuries of Christendom, and reduced the benefits of its unifying influence to zero, so in Russia efficiency of organization was prevented by the pedantries of political theorists.

    The Shape of Things to Come

  • Even if a positive note was there in the scripted introductions, when the programme got going and people started to talk spontaneously, Julian Fellowes' personal pedantries - good-humoured, but reflecting the complaints tradition - coloured the conversation, and hardly any of the panellists over 30 of them took him to task.

    On minding 'Never Mind the Fullstops'

  • The remainder was — the vicar would clearly understand — one of those ridiculous pedantries of law, upon which our system of crotchets and fictions insisted.

    Wylder's Hand

  • And he means that; the assertion that Caesar was also 'so naturally barbarian' and all the archaisms, the little pedantries which pepper the play, prove to be stage props, serving to show off the author's knowledge of the antique without seriously impinging upon the argument.

    Et tu, Teddy White

  • He apparently took keen pleasure in holding up to ridicule and in satirising, what he was pleased to call his ponderous pedantries, his solemn affectation of profundity and wisdom, his narrow-mindedness, and his intolerable and transparent egotism.

    A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3

  • Strange pedantries have grown out of the neglect of music as a practical pervading element in modern education.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 1, January, 1864


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