A Word A Day : Pedantic
Monday, 28th January 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
Pronunciation : pe-dán-tik
1. too concerned with what are thought to be correct rules and details, e.g. in language
2. characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules
3. ostentatious in one's learning
4. characteristic of scholars or scholarship
Origin: 1590–1600 - pedante - teacher
abstruse, academic, arid, didactic, doctrinaire, donnish, dry, dull, egotistic, erudite, formal, fussy, hairsplitting, learned, nitpicking, ostentatious, overnice, particular, pedagogic, pompous, precise, priggish, punctilious, scholastic, schoolish, sententious, stilted, bookish, formalistic, inkhorn, literary, pedantical
describes results determined by experiment and observed behavior or facts.
describes results that are based on guesswork or hypothesis.
is contrasted with theoretical on the grounds that the former proceeds from what is demonstrably practical, the latter from conjecture.
ignorant, nonstudious, practical, real world, rough-and-tumble, unschooled, untaught, untutored
• Nothing is as peevish and pedantic
as men's judgments of one another.
• He is never pedantic
, and, for all his close adherence to broad principles, he is ready to admit that no two ships can be treated exactly alike.
• He was continually traveling through the three provinces entrusted to him, was pedantic
in the fulfillment of his duties, severe to cruelty with his subordinates, and went into everything down to the minutest details himself.
• The discussion quickly turned pedantic
as each participant tried to sound more learned than all others.
• Perivale’s feelings about love were mostly pedantic
. He has read about love in books but had never really encountered it in his life.
• The professor's interpretation of the poem was pedantic
and empty of genuine feeling.
• A pedantic
person is called a pedant.
Enjoy this list and then get around for preparing your own list of words. There is no better way of boosting your words power. The most effective way to build your vocabulary is described in the page on Word Power. Educational research has discovered that your I.Q. is intimately related to your Word Power. Take a standard Vocabulary test and then an intelligent test, the result in both will be substantially the same. The more extensive your vocabulary, the better your chances of success, other things being equal- success in attaining your educational goals, success in moving ahead in your business or professional career, success in achieving your intellectual potential.
A Word A Day|
Pedantic to HOME PAGE