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pedantic

Syllabification: pe·dan·tic
Pronunciation: /pəˈdan(t)ik
 
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Definition of pedantic in English:

adjective

Of or like a pedant: many of the essays are long, dense, and too pedantic to hold great appeal
More example sentences
  • I had the same middle parted haircut for eight years, and I was quite pedantic about this being perfect.
  • For years, pedantic scholars have crowed about the debt rock owes the blues.
  • Well you could say it's a deal of nitpicking by pedantic scientists over detail.
Synonyms
overscrupulous, scrupulous, precise, exact, perfectionist, punctilious, meticulous, fussy, fastidious, finicky;
dogmatic, purist, literalist, literalistic, formalist;
captious, hair-splitting, quibbling

Derivatives

pedantically

1
Pronunciation: /-tik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Kerry makes this last ridiculous point pedantically, as if it's at the very core of what really matters.
  • So I'm watching the movie with the careful eye of one who knows the book and will be judging it pedantically.
  • ‘Let me explain,’ continued Brian, almost pedantically.

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