noun ped·ant \ˈpe-dənt\

: a person who annoys other people by correcting small errors and giving too much attention to minor details

Full Definition of PEDANT

obsolete :  a male schoolteacher
a :  one who makes a show of knowledge
b :  one who is unimaginative or who unduly emphasizes minutiae in the presentation or use of knowledge
c :  a formalist or precisionist in teaching

Examples of PEDANT

  1. All too often, science fiction provokes the pedant in professional scientists, for whom a beautiful story can be ruined by a single petty error. —Jerry A. Coyne, New York Times Book Review, 10 Oct. 1999

Origin of PEDANT

Middle French, from Italian pedante
First Known Use: 1588

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, practicum, survey course, thesis


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