Phrases with "pedantic"

Wilkie Collins The first begins, if I may so express myself, tendinous, from the glenoid cavity of the scapula — ” “That man is a pedantic jackass,” whispered Mr. Hemlock to his friend. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

George Gissing Resolved not to become a pedantic bore, Arthur ate his dinner with vast enjoyment, and then devoted half an hour to lover’s-talk with Carrie, before he broached the subject of lessons. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

G. K. Chesterton Instead of becoming more pedantic in its old age, it has grown more bewildered. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle I picture some pedantic Dugald Dalgetty bearing it about under his buff coat, or down in his holster, and turning up the reference for every fresh emergency which occurred. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Arthur Machen He was no pedantic theologian, but a broad, liberal-minded man of the world. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

George Gissing It’s the old fighting-ground of French and English—interesting to any one pedantic enough to care for such things. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

G. K. Chesterton Bernard Shaw, as I have already said, is infinitely far above all such mere mathematicians and pedantic reasoners; still his feeling is partly the same. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

It was he who by the right kind of question turned Sunningdale’s discourse on infinity, which would otherwise have been a pedantic monologue, into good conversation. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Mary said she would blush to think of it till her dying day, and I gathered that on her side it was a mixture of Launcelot Wake at his most pedantic and schoolgirl silliness. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

A good heart, but a pedantic conscience, and a sort of energetically mechanical intelligence. Memories and Studies by William James

In his self-engrossed, pedantic way, he had thoroughly enjoyed every hour, every moment of it. The Web of Maya by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

George Gissing I was a pedantic starveling; now, at all events, I see the world about me, and all the goodliness of it. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

But his manner was just as pompous and pedantic as ever. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

William Morris Mutual support and unceasing progress distinguish real and natural order from its mockery, pedantic tyranny. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

Everything else appeared to her either affected or pedantic or insipid. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Sinclair Lewis And even the wife of Doremus’s bosom, or at least of his breakfast coffee, the good Emma, had a pedantic expression of superior goodness which irritated him. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Between the counsels of a pedantic scholarship, and the rude and hesitating, but true instincts of the natural English ear, every one was at sea. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

G. K. Chesterton He uttered the pedantic reply, “Where do you want to go to?” And I uttered the profound and philosophical rejoinder, “Wherever the next train goes to. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

The tone of pedantic rectitude in these passages is characteristic. Memories and Studies by William James

Tobias Smolle Aristotle was a pedantic blockhead, and still more knave than fool. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Unfortunately, Blasco Nunez was a pedantic martinet, a man of narrow views, who could not feel himself authorized under any circumstances to swerve from the letter of the law. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Colbert resumed his pedantic look. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

James Joyce Heron made a poor attempt to imitate for his friend Wallis the rector’s pedantic bass and then, laughing at his failure, asked Stephen to do it. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Henry Handel Richardson He performed his work coolly, with a pedantic thoroughness. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

G. K. Chesterton But I put it to myself in the same pedantic sort of way. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

E. T. A. Hoffmann I am not by a long way so anxious to classify, the pictures which your powerful mind suggests to you as are those pedantic critics who take such great pains in this line. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

William Godwin But the mind of James, at once inquisitive, pedantic and self-sufficient, peculiarly fitted him for the pursuit of these narrow-minded and obscure speculations. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Leslie Stephen Cromwell seems to have been but a pedantic hanger-on of literary circles. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Such socks, therefore, indicated scholasticism: worn by females, they would indicate a self-dedication to what for them would be regarded as pedantic studies. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Ralph Waldo Emerson I do not wish to be absurd and pedantic in reform. Man The Reformer by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

H. G. Wells It was rare that a bicycle started out from their hands in a state of pedantic efficiency. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

G. K. Chesterton Again, it illustrates this variety of experiment that Stevenson also wrote a detective story; or as he characteristically called it (in a sort of pedantic plain English) a police novel. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

The Minister saw nothing more in this correction of the date than a pedantic desire to show a proof of exactitude and good government. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Formerly I had been ready for pedantic discussion, I had been absorbed in my work, men had spoken of me as a rising scholar. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

There is not, perhaps, in the kingdom, a more dogmatical, or luxurious set of men, than the pedantic tyrants who reside in colleges and preside at public schools. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

G. K. Chesterton The phrase has unfortunately a false and pedantic sound. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

In the second a pedantic insistence on the exclusive definition of the novel involves one practical inconvenience which no one, even among those who believe in it, has yet dared to face. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Maria Edgeworth I excused myself: for if you satisfy curiosity you are no longer sublime; besides it is so pedantic to remember accurately anything one meets with in books. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Indeed, it began to be felt that the self-effacement of the returned pressmen was being carried to a pedantic length. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Oscar Wilde I can understand archæology being attacked on the ground of its excessive realism, but to attack it as pedantic seems to be very much beside the mark. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

And he went on to explain in the most pedantic manner that in the army one must belong to some corps and wear a uniform, failing which it was quite simple that people should take one for a spy. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

This German Socialism, which took its schoolboy task so seriously and solemnly, and extolled its poor stock-in-trade in such mountebank fashion, meanwhile gradually lost its pedantic innocence. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

My brother said, that the ancients celebrated but three Muses, and that to bring proofs for this assertion would be pedantic and uncivil in such a company. Symposiacs by Plutarch