Pédantry. n.s. [pedanterie, Fr.] Awkward ostentation of needless learning.
'Tis a practice that favours much of pedantry, a reserve of puerility we have not shaken off from school. Brown.
Horace has enticed me into this pedantry of quotation. Cowl.
Make us believe it, if you can: it is in Latin, if I may be allowed the pedantry of a quotation, non persuadebis, estimasi persuaseris. Addison's Freeholder.
From the universities the young nobility are sent for fear of contracting any airs of pedantry by a college education. Swift.