pe·dan·tic Adjective /pəˈdantik/
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
academic: marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
(pedantically) in a pedantic manner; “these interpretations are called `schemas’ or, more pedantically, `schemata'”
(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.
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
(pedantry) An excessive attention to detail or rules; An instance of such behaviour; An overly ambitious display of learning
(pedantry) ostentatious display of knowledge, or an instance of this; an arbitrary adherence to rules and forms.
(adj) – boring, academic; trying to impress with facts
exaggeratedly, unseasonably, or absurdly learned
(adj) making an excessive show of learning; overly concerned with rules and details; didactic
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. …
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).
showing off learning