Learning English

Word: Pedantic

Pedantic (Adjective)

Sentence with Context:

If pedantry is an attempt at superiority-signalling, we might anticipate that the level of an individual’s pedantry would relate to their relative status. Individuals who believe they have a high level of knowledge relative to someone else may be more likely to be pedantic at that person to confirm this higher status.

Source: www.theguardian.com

It need hardly be said that Branagh is playing Woody Allen – a pedantic impersonation with all the mannerisms, just as John Cusack played Woody in Bullets Over Broadway.

Source: www.theguardian.com

Meaning: Excessively concerned with minor details or rules


Over-scrupulous, Scrupulous, Perfectionist, Over-exacting, Punctilious, Scholastic, Hair-splitting, Captious, Bookish, Pedagogic, Didactic, Highbrow, Arid, Barren, Boring, Drab


Unscholarly, Lowbrow, Ignorant, Illiterate, Uneducated, Amusing, Diverting, Entertaining

Mnemonic (Memory Aid): How To Remember?

Imagine a football referee who is pedantic i.e., so concerned with minor rules or details that he would award your opposition team a penalty each time you touch the other team’s players even a little. How boring, ref! Remember thus.

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