Beck·​mes·​ser | \ ˈbek-ˌme-sər \
plural -s

Definition of Beckmesser

: a critic or teacher of music characterized by timid and excessive reliance upon rules : pedant

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History and Etymology for Beckmesser

German, after Sixtus Beckmesser, pedantic musical philistine in the opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1867) by Richard Wagner †1883 German composer

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“Beckmesser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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