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Meaning of PEDANT

Pronunciation:  'pudant

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit
 

PEDANT is a 6 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: bookworm, scholastic
 
 See Also: intellect, intellectual, purist

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ped"ant\, n. [F. p['e]dant, It. pedante, fr. Gr. ? to
instruct, from pai^s boy. See {Pedagogue}.]
1. A schoolmaster; a pedagogue. [Obs.] --Dryden.

         A pedant that keeps a school i'th' church. --Shak.

2. One who puts on an air of learning; one who makes a vain
   display of learning; a pretender to superior knowledge.
   --Addison.

         A scholar, yet surely no pedant, was he.
                                               --Goldsmith.

 
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