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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 (2010)

The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler

PEDANTIC HUMOUR. No essential distinction is intended between this & POLYSYLLABIC HUMOUR ; one or the other name is more appropriate to particular specimens, & the two headings are therefore useful for reference ; but they are ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Neuropsychology (2012)

by Diana M. Goodwin

pedantic speech, egocentricity, perseveration on discussion of personal problems, paranoia, preoccupation with religion, and proneness to aggressive outbursts; sometimes called ...

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 previewDictionary of Contemporary Slang (2009)

by Tony Thorne

A humorously pedantic version of the wellknown colloquialism. extract the urine vb British to take the piss; to mock. A mock-pedantic version of the common, more vulgar expression. eyeball1vb to look at, stare at or inspect. The expression ...

Google previewA Compleat English Dictionary (1788)

Oder Vollständiges Englisch-deutsches Wörterbuch, Anfänglich Von Nathan Bailey Herausgegeben; Jetzt Aber Fast Ganz Umgearbeitet, Vermehret und Verbessert Von Anton Ernst Klausing, ... by Nathan Bailey

school-masterly, pedantic. o. € djulprobe, f. bağ Godbusrećt, the Novi. ciate, Noviceship; edutroges, a scho lastic Rule; Göuirector, the Reolor or Head-Man of a public School; edu! faden, bas ...

Google previewChembers 21 Century Dictionary

by Allied

a pedantic expression. 3 unnecessary formality. pedate /'pedcit/ biol & adj 1 footed or foot-like. 2 hot said of a leaf: with lobes radiating from one centre, the outer lobes deeply-cut, or branching into three leaflets with the outer branches forked.

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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