adjective pe·dan·tic \pi-ˈdan-tik\

Definition of PEDANTIC

:  of, relating to, or being a pedant(see pedant)
:  narrowly, stodgily, and often ostentatiously learned
pe·dan·ti·cal·ly \-ˈdan-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PEDANTIC

  1. It may seem pedantic to harp on what looks like mere procedure, but this is one case where the process is the forest. —Hendrik Hertzberg, New Yorker, 29 May 2000

Origin of PEDANTIC

(see pedant)
First Known Use: 1628

Rhymes with PEDANTIC


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