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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.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Browne, Thomas (203) · Cowley, Abraham (19) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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