pe·dan·tic [puh-dan-tik] (previously 07-17-13)
1. ostentatious in one's learning.
2. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.
Also Archaic, pe·dan·ti·cal.
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pompous, stilted, abstruse, academic, arid, didactic, doctrinaire, dry, dull, egotistic, erudite, formal, fussy, hairsplitting, learned, ostentatious, particular, pedagogic, priggish, punctilious
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2. didactic, doctrinaire.
Origin: 1590–1600; pedant + -ic
HOW TO USE PEDANTIC IN A SENTENCE
The pedantic scholars among us might wonder if the book does its job.
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The pedantic type might note that Hippolytus makes no prophetic mention of the cinema or the Internet.
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The drinks here, like the Blackwatch (with Johnny Walker Black, creme de cassis, and Becherovka), are far from pedantic.
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The problem was that Sorkin did too much (pedantic, predictable) telling and not enough showing.
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