pedantic

pedantic
pedantic, academic, scholastic, bookish are comparable as terms of derogation applied to thinkers, scholars, and learned men and their utterances.
Pedantic often implies ostentatious display of knowledge, didacticism, and stodg- iness
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his opinions were as pedantic as his life was abstemious— Froude

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It may also connote undue attention to scholarly minutiae and small interest in significant issues
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much pedantic mistaking of notions for realities, of symbols and abstractions for the data of immediate experience— Huxle

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Academic rarely carries implications of disagreeable personal characteristics but it does stress abstractness, lack of practical experience and interests, and often the inability to consider a situation realistically
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there is so much bad writing . . . because writing has been dominated by . . . the academic teachers and critics— Ellis

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Scholastic is less fixed in its implications than the others, for sometimes the allusion is to philosophic Scholasticism and sometimes to modern education. As a rule it implies dryness, formalism, adherence to the letter, and sometimes subtlety
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it is very able, but harsh and crabbed and intolerably scholasticLaski

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Bookish often suggests learning derived from books rather than from actualities
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the Greeks had a name for such mixture of learning and folly, which might be applied to the bookish but poorly read of all ages— Adler

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the gestures of Mr. Lutyens's heroes are a trifle bookish, too seldom of the dusty streets— Times Lit. Sup.

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and sometimes it implies a decided literary or rhetorical quality
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bookish words

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bookish interests

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Analogous words: *learned, erudite: *recondite, abstruse

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  • Pedantic — Pe*dan tic, Pedantical Pe*dan tic*al, a. Of or pertaining to a pedant; characteristic of, or resembling, a pedant; ostentatious of learning; as, a pedantic writer; a pedantic description; a pedantical affectation. Figures pedantical. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pedantic — PEDÁNTIC, Ă, pedantici, ce, adj. (înv.) Pedant (1). – Pedant + suf. ic. Trimis de valeriu, 03.02.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  PEDÁNTIC adj. v. meticulos, pedant, scrupu los, tipicar. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  pedántic …   Dicționar Român

  • pedantic — index dogmatic, inflated (bombastic), learned, sesquipedalian Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pedantic — formed in English c.1600, from PEDANT (Cf. pedant) + IC (Cf. ic). The French equivalent is pédantesque. Perhaps first attested in John Donne s Sunne Rising, where he bids the morning sun let his love and him linger in bed, telling it, Sawcy… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pedantic — [adj] bookish, precise abstruse, academic, arid, didactic, doctrinaire, donnish, dry, dull, egotistic, erudite, formal, fussy, hairsplitting*, learned, nit picking, ostentatious, overnice, particular, pedagogic, pompous, priggish*, punctilious,… …   New thesaurus

  • pedantic — pe|dan|tic [pıˈdæntık] adj paying too much attention to rules or to small unimportant details pedantic about ▪ Some people can be very pedantic about punctuation. >pedantically [ kli] adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pedantic — [[t]pɪdæ̱ntɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you think someone is pedantic, you mean that they are too concerned with unimportant details or traditional rules, especially in connection with academic subjects. His lecture was so pedantic and… …   English dictionary

  • pedantic — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. precise, formal, narrow; bookish, stilted; affected, sophomoric. See affectation. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. formal, precise, pompous, ostentatious of learning, pedagogic, punctilious, bookish,… …   English dictionary for students

  • pedantic — adjective paying too much attention to rules and details: He was meticulous, but never pedantic. pedantically / kli/ adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pedantic — adjective a pedantic interpretation of the rules Syn: overscrupulous, scrupulous, precise, exact, perfectionist, punctilious, meticulous, fussy, fastidious, finicky; dogmatic, purist, literalist, literalistic, formalist; casuistic, casuistical,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

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