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Meaning of PEDANT

Pronunciation:  'pudant

WordNet Dictionary
[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
\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.

         A scholar, yet surely no pedant, was he.

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