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Definition of "pedantic" [pe•dan•tic]

  • Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules: a pedantic attention to details. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pedantic" in a sentence
  • "Ha, true, but then we'd have to argue over, since it's not just normal pedantic but * super pedantic*, whether my argument-escape-hatch/weasel words 'pretty close' cover my ass."
  • "Egregious typos in pedantic language post = auto-pwn."
  • "Not two sentences into their answer the terms pedantic and didactic were employed with professorial authority."