What is pedantic?

  • (adj): Marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects.
    Synonyms: academic, donnish

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Pedant - Quotations
... Addison, Spectator 1711 "Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgements of one another."—Desiderius Erasmus "The pedant is he who finds it ... Servile and impertinent, shallow and pedantic, a bigot and sot"—Thomas Macaulay, describing James Boswell "The term, then, is obviously a relative one my pedantry is your scholarship, his ... Fowler, Modern English Usage "Pedantic, I?"—Alexei Sayle "If you're the kind of person who insists on this or that 'correct' use.. ...

Famous quotes containing the word pedantic:

    We believe that Carlyle has, after all, more readers, and is better known to-day for this very originality of style, and that posterity will have reason to thank him for emancipating the language, in some measure, from the fetters which a merely conservative, aimless, and pedantic literary class had imposed upon it, and setting an example of greater freedom and naturalness.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)