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[mass noun] Excessive concern with minor details and rules.‘to object to this is not mere pedantry’
pretentiousness, pomposity, pompousness, dullness, tediumdogmatism, purism, literalism, formalismView synonyms
- ‘As a director, his perfectionism / pedantry would have tested the patience of any producer.’
- ‘There is much pedantry, but every so often there is stark beauty.’
- ‘So scrupulous, and so close to perfect: that's the impression the reader is intended to glean from such exercises in pedantry.’
- ‘Sometimes the corrections are amusing exercises in pedantry.’
- ‘To criticise animation for being too perfect may seem like pedantry and it's clear that a lot of work went into the film.’
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