Definition of pedant in English:

pedant

Line breaks: ped¦ant
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛd(ə)nt
 
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noun

A person who is excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning: the royal palace (some pedants would say the ex-royal palace)
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  • Donoghue's a true historian, whose period detail is exacting enough to please the most pedantic of pedants, while her style displays an intimacy with the past that's both unpretentious and modern.
  • The intrusive comma changes the sense, and gives the dedicated pedant a linguistic heart attack.
  • Publishing on-line without proofreading is probably not the greatest of sins, but for a grammar pedant such as I, it's pretty transgressive nonetheless.
Synonyms

Origin

late 16th century: from French pédant, from Italian pedante, perhaps from the first element of Latin paedogogus (see pedagogue).

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