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Pedantic (showing off learning) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the adjective pedantic

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  1. marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
    • examples: German punctuation is pedantic, English punctuation is chaotic, and for Esperanto Dr. Zamenhof suggested we look towards our mother tongue as a guideline. Go figure! | You are pedantic. | Tom's boss was a pedantic micro manager, who had to check every single thing Tom did.
    • synonyms of pedantic: academic / donnish
    • similar: scholarly

Alternative definition of the adjective pedantic


  1. Like a pedant, overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.
  2. Being showy of one’s knowledge, often in a boring manner.
  3. Being finicky or fastidious with language.

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Google previewA spelling and reading book, upon new principles (1848)

by Joshua Frederick Denham

ic spe cif ic a cms tic ec stat ic se raph ic stoc ca do ath let ic Lu crif ic che ru bic syl lab ic ce phal ic hy drop ic dra mat ic sym bol ic de crep it mag nif ic pla ton ic tho rac ic The word pedantic means a useless and awkward display of learning.

Google previewVerbal Advantage (2009)

Ten Easy Steps to a Powerful Vocabulary by Charles Harrington Elster

The adjective pedantic means absurdly learned; scholarly in an ostentatious way; ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1994)

by Henry Watson Fowler

See Pedantic humour. Erin. See Sobriquets. Eros. We talk erotics more than we did, & there is an Eros that most Londoners have seen ; so the name has a future before it, ft its pronunciation matters. The Greek word, in English mouths, is é'roz ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney ... rev. & enl. under the superintendence of Benjamin E. Smith (1911)

pedantic (pe-dan' tik), a.

Google previewDictionary: English-Neapolitan; Neapolitan-English (2014)

by Dale Erwin, Tessa Fedele

pedantic know-it-all who wants to be boss. See also mastressa. mastuggiòrgio n.m. nurse in a psychiatric hospital; (fig.) person of authority, castigator.

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden

Scholar, - M2prom scholars HOM-IVIPXOT proud of one's knowledge, book ish, pedantic HOMüVIPXOJI pedantry HOMHMPXOX to air one's knowledge, to be pedantic HOM'IVIPXyy (see HOMIMpxor) HOOTIBOP quotient (arith.) HOOTIOJI ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

Overprecise—dogmatic, pedantic, scholastic Overreacting and seeking confrontation—gung ho, triggerhappy Oversentimental—sappy, mawkish Overserious—earnest Oversight—lapse Over the moon—ecstatic, euphoric, delighted, elated, ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style (2000)

by Bryan A. Garner

Occasionally, writers avoid the strictly correct form merely to avoid seeming pedantic. One trying for a natural tone might understandably shrink from / in this example: "There are now so many casinos in the Upper Midwest that somebody has ...

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A good designer must rely on experience, on precise, logic thinking; and on pedantic exactness. No magic will do. (Niklaus Wirth)
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Scrabble value of P3E1D2A1N1T1I1C3

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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