Example sentences for: pedantic

How can you use “pedantic” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Since English lacks a calque for au revoir , it would be technically possible to make one, perhaps on the model of Joyce's (or his Stephen Dedalus') “agenbite (of inwit)” for remorse: till the agenseeing . But of course such bitterly pedantic wordplay would be unthinkable on the lips of the plain-spoken priest whose words give the Malle film its title and some of its poignancy.

  • The Dictionary of American Biography is rather more blunt: His style was too subject to his own criticism to be natural; it was selfconscious and pedantic.

  • Any more pedantic suggestion being absent, I take the bit between the teeth to suggest that the above word, characterized by the OED as an “onomatopoeic representation of unmeaning chatter,” may well be a jocular rendering of Latin Flebiliter gemens , itself an almost facetious lament meaning something like `Woe is me!

  • Most speakers, on most speaking occasions, should sound natural, not pedantic.

  • The NYT finds that in his confrontation with DOJ lead attorney David Boies, Gates was "evasive and uninformed, pedantic and taciturn," ( USAT and WSJ also opt for "evasive"), and observes that when confronted with company e-mail he'd authored, he frequently said he did not recognize the messages or recall the circumstances behind them.


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