V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: too concerned with correct rules and the formality of book learning and its minor points
Synonyms: bookish, academic, scholarly, formal, fussy, ostentatious, particular
Antonyms: practical, simple, informal
Tips: Pedantic is derived from the same Latin word, for "a teacher (pedagogue) who is overly concerned with the minor details of learning." However, pedantic has come to characterize anyone who is overly concerned with minor details and tries to seem scholarly or intelligent by going on and on about trivial details that don't really add much to the discussion or teaching.
She was a little pedantic about her wedding, fussing over every detail. (particular, fussy)
The boy never used proper English, which bothered his pedantic teacher. (formal, particular)
The teacher was lax about math principles, but pedantic about grammatical ones. (fussy, particular)
The professor's lectures were so pedantic that most students came away from them more confused than enlightened. (academic, formal, particular)
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