ped·​ant·​ry ˈpe-dᵊn-trē How to pronounce pedantry (audio)
plural pedantries
: pedantic presentation or application of knowledge or learning
: an instance of pedantry

Examples of pedantry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But pedantry and self-consciousness can wreck the pleasures of nostalgia. Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 As always in Davis’s fiction, an almost imperceptible line divides pedantry from precision, enthusiasm from solipsism. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 1 Oct. 2023 Eventually, the adrenaline of breaking news gave way to a distaste for transactional back-scratching and pedantry of congressional procedure. Kara Voght, Washington Post, 4 May 2023 Collage: The Verge And yet, to point all this out seems like pedantry because the image undeniably looks real — for a certain definition of real, anyway. James Vincent, The Verge, 27 Mar. 2023 Is this persnicketiness some sort of meta take on LOTR fan pedantry? Vulture, 3 Feb. 2022 This isn’t empty pedantry: each path to a public stock exchange has important differences for the company and its shareholders. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, 19 Feb. 2021 But all this pedantry misses an obvious clue the United States wasn’t fighting to free Europe from socialism — the U.S.S.R. Kyle Whitmire, al, 13 Nov. 2020 And as for that dialogue, how to be witty without being arch, wise without pretension, emotional without sentiment, principled without pedantry? Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pedantry was in 1612

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“Pedantry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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ped·​ant·​ry ˈped-ᵊn-trē How to pronounce pedantry (audio)
plural pedantries
: dull and overly exact presentation of knowledge or learning

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