ped·​ant·​ry | \ ˈpe-dᵊn-trē How to pronounce pedantry (audio) \
plural pedantries

Definition of pedantry

1 : pedantic presentation or application of knowledge or learning
2 : an instance of pedantry

Examples of pedantry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Book Excerpt: How Writer Robert Towne Crafted 'Chinatown' for Jack Nicholson," 4 Feb. 2020 This obsession with football pedantry has endeared him to Manning. Ben Baskin,, "Davis Webb Will Be Ready When It’s Time to Step Out of Eli Manning’s Shadow," 6 June 2018 And as bad as von Trier's playful sadism may be, his defensive pedantry may be even worse. Justin Chang,, "Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built’ and Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ make for a night of provocation in Cannes," 15 May 2018 Despite his winking cuisine and insistence on pleasing every guest, Keller has sometimes—as have other chefs of his caliber—been accused of pedantry. Gabe Ulla, Town & Country, "Can Thomas Keller Turn Around Per Se?," 8 Sep. 2016 And occasionally, Mr. Weldon becomes Comic Book Guy in spite of himself, writing with the same pedantry and fastidiousness. Jennifer Senior, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Caped Crusade’ and Batman’s Reach Beyond — Gasp! — Comic Book Lore," 23 Mar. 2016 There is not an ounce of pedantry in his 85-minute monologue, an indescribably ridiculous collection of anecdotes and asides that miraculously blend into a whole. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Thank God for Jokes,’ Mike Birbiglia Tells His Side of the Story," 11 Feb. 2016 His gift was to teach without pedantry; to ask that one crucial question that illuminated the way out of the most difficult problem. Hilton Lewis, Scientific American Blog Network, "In Memoriam: Jerry Nelson, Legendary Telescope Designer," 16 June 2017 What ensued in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and in a 29-page court decision handed down on Monday, was an exercise in high-stakes grammar pedantry that could cost a dairy company in Portland, Me. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Lack of Oxford Comma Could Cost Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute," 16 Mar. 2017

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1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pedantry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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