One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who is rigidly precise or punctilious, especially as regards religious rules.
pedant, precisionist, perfectionist, formalist, literalist, stickler, traditionalist, doctrinaire, quibbler, hair-splitter, dogmatist, casuist, sophist, fault-finder, caviller, carper, pettifoggerView synonyms
- ‘She also turned her son into something of a precisian.’
- ‘‘The generality of the people who were then called puritans, precisians, religious persons’, Baxter wrote, those ‘that used to talk of God, and heaven, and scripture, and holiness adhered to the Parliament.’
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