What does pedantry mean?

Definitions for pedantryˈpɛd n tri

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pedantry(noun)

    an ostentatious and inappropriate display of learning


  1. pedantry(Noun)

    An excessive attention to detail or rules.

  2. pedantry(Noun)

    An instance of such behaviour.

    I don't want to listen to your pedantries anymore.

  3. pedantry(Noun)

    An overly ambitious display of learning.

    Winston Churchill was once informed that one should not end a sentence with a preposition. His response was, That is the sort of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pedantry(noun)

    the act, character, or manners of a pedant; vain ostentation of learning

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. pdanterie.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pedantry in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pedantry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Bernard Shaw:

    A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

  2. Joseph Addison:

    There are many shining qualities on the mind of man; but none so useful as discretion. It is this which gives a value to all the rest, and sets them at work in their proper places, and turns them to the advantage of their possessor. Without it, learning is pedantry; wit, impertinence; virtue itself looks like weakness; and the best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors, and active to his own prejudice. Though a man has all other perfections and wants discretion, he will be of no great consequence in the world; but if he has this single talent in perfection, and but a common share of others, he may do what he pleases in his station of life.

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