the technical definition of pedantic is of or like a pendant. however, it is often used to describe something overscrupulous or unnecessarily precise.
pedantic has three syllables.
she's accurate because she's so pedantic. his pedantic answers to simple questions doesn't help the beginners.
he was so pedantic that he wasted twelve hours on just the title page.
pedantic, properly pronounced as ped-dant-ick, with the emphasis on the middle syllable, bears a complicated definition, for which we have to delve through history's depths. properly, one doesn't actually delve depths, one plunges them, so it is more precise to say we must plunge history's depths in order to define "pedantic". however, plunging depths sounds somewhat misleading, and we must never mislead, particularly when defining "pedantic". to define "pedantic", one must strive for the utmost correctness, including awareness of such minor details that may lead to ambiguity or vagueness. this may continue even to the point of boring the casual listener, but the true pedant knows that defining "pedantic" properly is the best way to communicate the most exactingly proper meaning of your words.
on example of pedantic is someone who brags a lot about his or her knowledge, just to find out the person has absolutely no idea what he or she is talking about. another example of pedantic is someone who is very concerned about smaller details, but does not grasp the big picture.
pedantic means: 1.) of, relating to, or being a pedant. 2.) narrowly, stodgily, and often ostentatiously learned. 3.) unimaginative, pedestrian.
perdantic would correctly be spelled pedantic. i hope that i don't come across as being too pedantic about grammar.
"pedantic" does not suggest that you are incorrect. rather it indicates that you are viewing the subject very narrowly or that you are making statements that are not appreciated (regardless of accuracy). pedantic statements are inappropriate even if they are technically correct. example: a friend uses the term "very unique" in casual conversation. i correct her in mid-sentence, saying that "unique" can't take the modifier "very". she accuses me of being pedantic since her meaning was clear and the format was very casual. if she was writing a formal paper and i was her editor then the same correction would not be viewed as pedantic.
the cast of pedantic - 2004 includes: amanda holmes as delia smith steve trister as zack
something that is pedantic would seem overly-learned or ostentatiously intelligent. pedantic writing is writing which sounds unnecessarily detailed or like someone is trying to sound very smart. it could also be writing which is doctrinaire or dogmatic--like a lecture or a sermon.
it is a paper: answer provided
a know-allor: pedantic
this quote is attributed to winston chruchill and is a good tongue-in-cheek example of pedantic language: ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which i will not put.
generally speaking, the terms "didactic" and "pedantic" both refer to actions or outlooks that are negative or, at least, not enjoyable. the difference can be simply expressed in the following way: a "didactic" approach is overly preachy or unnecessarily eager to instruct, while a "pedantic" approach focuses on unimportant details as though they were quite important. hence, it is possible for one to be both "didactic" and "pedantic" at the same time.
james smithers is very boring, fussy and pedantic with his undue emphasis on unimportant detail; the fellow just can't see the wood for the trees.
i could give you a long, boring pedantic answer, but i shall try to keep is short and crisp as possible. ^^^ will that do it? if not, how about: "erudition without pedantry is as rare as wisdom, itself."
finicky, fastidious, pedestrian, unimaginative.
his pedantic display did not impress me.
to be pedantic, it is not.