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pedantic Syllabification: pe·dan·tic
Pronunciation: /pəˈdan(t)ik/

Definition of pedantic in English:


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.
overscrupulous, scrupulous, precise, exact, perfectionist, punctilious, meticulous, fussy, fastidious, finicky;
dogmatic, purist, literalist, literalistic, formalist;
casuistic, casuistical, sophistic, sophistical;
captious, hair-splitting, quibbling
informal nitpicking, persnickety


Pronunciation: /pəˈdan(t)ək(ə)lē/
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.

Words that rhyme with pedantic

antic, Atlantic, corybantic, frantic, geomantic, gigantic, mantic, necromantic, romantic, semantic, sycophantic, transatlantic
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