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You think yourself happy because you are wise, said a philosopher to a pedant.

But the license is actually got: the parson is provided: the pedant Brand is the man.

Any one who questions our triumphant progress is tabooed for a pedant.

He talks pleasantly, and nothing of a pedant, as I half dreaded he might be.

It has been well said of him that he never became either a pedant or a doctrinaire.

The pedant, cursed with the ambition to be a ruler of men, is a curious study.

It is hard for an Englishman to be a pedant; it is not easy for a German to be anything else.

Happily Julius was ceasing to be a pedant, even in matters ecclesiastical.

He would be only a pedant who would take nothing because he could not get everything at once.

That matters very little, except to a pedant and a rhetorician.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "schoolmaster," from Middle French pédant (1560s) or directly from Italian pedante, literally "teacher, schoolmaster," of uncertain origin, apparently an alteration of Late Latin paedagogantem (nominative paedagogans), present participle of paedagogare (see pedagogue). Meaning "person who trumpets minor points of learning" first recorded 1590s.

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