pedantical


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Synonyms for pedantical

characterized by a narrow concern for book learning and formal rules, without knowledge or experience of practical matters

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The name and title of the 'true humanist' have been usurped by 'certain men who have a smattering of the first elements of grammar, teaching only the basics, not to mention pedantical trifles'.
Fleming dismisses humanists as finical and trivial, and Harington's portrait of Hume seems to snigger at this pedantical meddler, the 'selfe-wise-seeming schoolemaster' that Sir Philip Sidney offers as a comic character in The Defence of Poesy (1595).