pedantry

noun
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 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 This obsession with football pedantry has endeared him to Manning. Ben Baskin, SI.com, 6 June 2018 And as bad as von Trier's playful sadism may be, his defensive pedantry may be even worse. Justin Chang, latimes.com, 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, 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, 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, 11 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of pedantry

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pedantry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pedantry. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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