pedantry

Part of speech: noun

Obstentatious display of knowledge.

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Usage examples "pedantry":

  1. No consistent system has been adopted, and the result will therefore be open to criticism in many details; but the aim has been to avoid on the one hand the pedantry of seriously altering the form of those names which are fairly established in the English language of literature, as distinguished from that of scholarship, and on the other hand the absurdity of looking to Latin rather than to Greek for the orthography of the names which are not so established. - "The History Of Herodotus Volume 1(of 2)", Herodotus.
  2. Unless all the lessons of human experience were futile, and all the principles of political morality mere articles of pedantry, such a system must inevitably bring disaster, as we might have seen that it was sowing the seeds of disaster. - "On Compromise", John Morley.
  3. She had not the slightest tinge of pedantry in her manner and deportment, which were natural and affable, so that a stranger never felt otherwise than at ease in her society. - "Notes of an Overland Journey Through France and Egypt to Bombay", Miss Emma Roberts.