pedantry

noun
ped·ant·ry | \ ˈpe-dᵊn-trē \
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 obsession with football pedantry has endeared him to Manning. Ben Baskin, SI.com, "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, latimes.com, "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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pedantry.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of pedantry

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pedantry

Dictionary Entries near pedantry

pedanticism

pedantocracy

pedantocrat

pedantry

Pedata

pedate

pedati-

Statistics for pedantry

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pedantry

The first known use of pedantry was in 1612

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on pedantry

Spanish Central: Translation of pedantry

Nglish: Translation of pedantry for Spanish Speakers

Comments on pedantry

What made you want to look up pedantry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a magnificent or impressive array

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!