pedant

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A person who emphasizes his/her knowledge through the use of vocabulary
A person who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning
A teacher or schoolmaster

I have in my youth oftentimes beene vexed to see a Pedant brought in, in most of Italian comedies, for a vice or sport-maker, and the nicke-name of Magister to be of no better signification amongst us.

a scholar who makes needless and inopportune display of his learning
{n} one vainly ostentatious of learning
A schoolmaster; a pedagogue
One who puts on an air of learning; one who makes a vain display of learning; a pretender to superior knowledge
a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit
{i} meticulous person, fastidious person; strict person, fussy person; person who strictly adheres to information in books without using common sense
disapproval If you say that someone is a pedant, you mean that they are too concerned with unimportant details or traditional rules, especially in connection with academic subjects. I am no pedant and avoid being dogmatic concerning English grammar and expression. someone who pays too much attention to rules or to small unimportant details, especially someone who criticizes other people in an extremely annoying way (pédant, from pedante, perhaps from paedagogus; PEDAGOGY)
pedantically
{a} in a pedantic manner
Pedantically
pedanticly
pedantically
in a pedantic manner; "these interpretations are called `schemas' or, more pedantically, `schemata'"
pedantically
in the manner of strictly adhering to information in books without using common sense; meticulously, fastidiously; strictly
pedantically
in a pedantic manner; "these interpretations are called `schemas' or, more pedantically, `schemata'
pedants
plural of pedant
pedant

    Hyphenation

    ped·ant

    Pronunciation

    Etymology

    [ 'pe-d&nt ] (noun.) 1588. From Middle French pedant, pedante Italian pedante (“a teacher, schoolmaster, pedant”), of uncertain origin, traced by some sources to Latin paedagogans, present participle of paedagogare (“to teach”). Confer French pédant.

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