- Excessive concern with minor details and rules: to object to this is not mere pedantryMore example sentences
dogmatism, purism, literalism, formalism; overscrupulousness, scrupulousness, precision, exactness, perfectionism, fastidiousness, punctiliousness, meticulousness, finickiness, finicality; captiousness, quibbling, hair-splitting, fault-finding, cavilling, carping, casuistry, sophistry• informal nitpickingpretentiousness, pomposity, pompousness, dullness, tedium; intellectualism, academicism, scholasticism, scholarliness, erudition, studiousness, didacticism, bookishness, pedagogism, donnishness
- To criticise animation for being too perfect may seem like pedantry and it's clear that a lot of work went into the film.
- As a director, his perfectionism / pedantry would have tested the patience of any producer.
- So scrupulous, and so close to perfect: that's the impression the reader is intended to glean from such exercises in pedantry.