Word of the Day: Pedantic

pe·dan·tic Adjective /pəˈdantik/

Synonyms:
adjective: punctilious, donnish, priggish, meticulous, pedantical Of or like a pedant
many of the essays are long, dense, and too pedantic to hold great appeal

Web definitions

academic: marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=pedantic

(pedantically) in a pedantic manner; “these interpretations are called `schemas’ or, more pedantically, `schemata'”
http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=pedantically

(pedantry) an ostentatious and inappropriate display of learning http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=pedantry

A pedant is a person who is overly concerned with formalism and precision, or who makes a show of their learning.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedantic

Like a pedant, overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning; Being showy of one’s knowledge, often in a boring manner; Being finicky or fastidious with language
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pedantic

(pedantry) An excessive attention to detail or rules; An instance of such behaviour; An overly ambitious display of learning
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pedantry

(pedantry) ostentatious display of knowledge, or an instance of this; an arbitrary adherence to rules and forms.
http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_guide/literature/Frankenstein-Study-Help-Quiz-Full-Glossary-for-Frankenstein.id-112,pageNum-110.html

(adj) – boring, academic; trying to impress with facts
http://www.tameri.com/write/coolenglish.html

exaggeratedly, unseasonably, or absurdly learned
http://wordcraft.infopop.cc/dictionary/part8.htm

(adj) making an excessive show of learning; overly concerned with rules and details; didactic
http://www.west.net/~stewart/words/sat_gre_mat_wordlist.htm

pe·dan·tic (pe-dŕnątîk) adjective Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules: a pedantic attention to details. . pe·danąti·cal·ly adverb Synonyms: academic, bookish, donnish, scholastic. …
http://www.ovayonda.org/boating/glossary.htm

An adjective that describes words, phrases, or general tone that is overly scholarly, academic, or bookish (language that might be described as “show-offy”; that is, using big words for the sake of using big words).
http://msburkeenglish.wordpress.com/literary-terms/

showing off learning
http://www.lolstudent.com/2011/07/sat-simple-vocabulary-list.html

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