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(pronounced pih-DAN-tik)

This descriptor is a derivative of the word pedant, a designation which has a few meanings: 1) one who ostentatiously shows off his education or intelligence; 2) one who teaches in a very formal and precise way; and 3) one who is unimaginative, believing his opinions are the only important ones.

Example: Joan came to dread the weekly staff meetings since her pedantic boss, the principal architect of the firm, insisted on flying off on irrelevant tangents that added nothing but ego-inflating insights into his past accomplishments.