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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: pédant, from Italian pedante, perhaps from Latin paedagogus; PEDAGOGY

pedant

noun
     
ped‧ant [countable]
someone who pays too much attention to rules or to small unimportant details, especially someone who criticizes other people in an extremely annoying way:
'That's not exactly what it means.' 'Pedant.'
pedantry noun [uncountable]

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