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Meaning of PEDANTIC

Pronunciation:  pi'dantik

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects

PEDANTIC is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: academic, donnish, scholarly



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pe*dan"tic\, Pedantical \Pe*dan"tic*al\, a.
Of or pertaining to a pedant; characteristic of, or
resembling, a pedant; ostentatious of learning; as, a
pedantic writer; a pedantic description; a pedantical
affectation. ``Figures pedantical.'' --Shak.

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