Synonym of pedantic

Alternative for pedantic

pɪ'dæntɪk

adj.

marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects

Adjective

Excessively concerned with minor details or rules
overscrupulous precise exact meticulous perfectionist precisionist punctilious scrupulous dogmatic fastidious finical finicky fussy literalist literalistic particular picky scholastic captious casuistical fault-finding formalist hypercritical nitpicking pernickety pettifogging quibbling casuistic caviling cavilling hairsplitting overnice purist sophistic sophistical carping nit-picky over-exacting nit-picking hair-splitting careful exacting demanding nice painstaking thorough conscientious rigorous persnickety strict diligent assiduous studious ultra-careful religious sedulous attentive choosy close delicate choosey fussbudgety old-maidish dainty laborious correct accurate finicking hard to please critical discriminating minute searching elaborate detailed squeamish selective industrious heedful conscionable punctual persevering hard-working difficult zealous methodical proper over-particular faddy refined fine stickling inflexible prissy busy persistent constant unflagging mathematical tied-up active hopping engaged employed bustling working occupied overdelicate tireless loving plugging keen faddish discerning difficult to please impossible to please overparticular obsessive fretful fuddy-duddy faultfinding unfavorable disapproving unfavourable unremitting determined exhaustive microscopic earnest thoroughgoing strenuous pinpoint rigid hairline fussbudget stickler cautious duteous unswerving right complex complicated fiddly white-glove dotting the i's crossing the t's spot-on overfastidious trivial picky-picky old womanish old maidish sensitive by the book by the numbers unfailing faithful undeviating prim pure puritanical prudish sharp stuffy unerring perceptive acute loyal steadfast reliable Victorian strait-laced schoolmarmish swotty unwearied steady untiring indefatigable grinding whiz stiff stiff-necked ceremonious stilted formal decorous starchy overcritical pass-remarkable eager beaver overconscientious polite civil seemly observant formalistic courteous conventional queasy right on good eye very careful easily disgusted systematic full judicious deliberate complete in-depth regular true faultless comprehensive circumspect thoughtful perfect efficient vigilant flawless orderly scientific severe error-free alert prudent intensive blow-by-blow literal tough explicit absolute fixed on the button infallible veracious factual veridical impeccable errorless spot on all-out ordered truthful watchful particularized just chary itemized logical sweeping discreet circumstantial all-inclusive deep all-embracing measured stringent concentrated unmistakable on the nose defined certain wary uncompromising guarded intense total authentic structured genuine solid considered definite particularised itemised focused matter-of-fact considerate intent extensive dedicated unimpeachable out-and-out methodic cagey methodized planned conservative on the money leery mindful calculating provident gingerly safe tidy clocklike neat businesslike disciplined focussed systematical specific actual bang on well organized on the nail on the mark well-regulated unambiguous definitive sagacious organized serious concerted deft discriminative skilful skillful concrete distinct calculated priggish ultraprecise all-encompassing canny widespread clear-cut uncanny politic reasoned whole hard exquisite suspicious clean mincing stern regardful systematized coherent profound fast hesitant affected apprehensive unmistaken appropriate unadulterated narrow aware undistorted dependable on the beam word-perfect together committed organised systematised restrained just so well planned walking on eggs on the ball on your toes on the lookout on target playing safe well ordered well regulated on the qui vive on guard well thought out soup to nuts all the way royal plenty whole-hog full-dress slam-bang from A to Z full-scale inch-perfect awkward thoroughpaced topical intrinsic controlled omniscient discriminatory nonrandom astute considerable tasteful upright select eclectic choicy firm harsh meaningful substantial significant stately dignified solemn minding p's and q's hanging in heart and soul into hanging tough sure unyielding courtly sticklerish balanced rational pragmatic levelheaded reasonable specialized specialised entire imperial imposing deferential tenacious tight unbending purposeful far-reaching mature deadly inevitable assured ritual regal weighed advised knowing prompt timely reserved reticent well thought-out well-grounded exclusive dead positive trustworthy inerrable inerrant sure-fire invariable tentative vigorous all-absorbing suspecting forethoughtful shrewd precautious studied majestic unblemished niminy-piminy unbroken wholehearted undistracted collective irrefutable valid undeniable conclusive undisputed unquestionable unrefuted keeping a weather eye on all ears walking on egg shells with eyes peeled thinking twice keeping on one's toes handling with kid gloves taking it slow on your guard belt-and-braces hedging one's bets with reservations watching one's step watching out on the watch with one's eyes peeled pompous imperious grandiose unmitigated engrossed unshared unreserved consistent unqualified unalloyed lifelike fair convincing realistic pondered united absorbed consummate sincere moralistic puritan simple plain model ideal slow-moving dead-on standard good on-target OK so explosive heavy-duty violent vehement excruciating vicious fearsome ghastly high-pressure fierce heavy terrible resolute frightful hellacious dreadful blistering furious ferocious almighty fearful unanimous continued veristic verisimilar exemplary acceptable O.K. concerned thought-out immediate seasonable on time early speedy all undivided reluctant uneasy old-maid governessy goody-goody demure mimsy narrow-minded nice-nelly overmodest schoolmistressy straitlaced straightlaced bluenosed true to life unvarnished objective unexaggerated legitimate amen righteous stone okay equitable selfdisciplined accelerated radical insistent speeded-up lock stock and barrel unwavering telling it like it is fact-based expeditious recurrent in good time on the dot periodic cyclic quick ready unembellished bare seamless picture-book immaculate picture-perfect irreproachable letter-perfect copybook classic indefectible overexact simpering pretentious genteel uptight Grundyish austere artificial bigoted offish square illiberal loath sceptical dubious shy doubtful distrustful mistrustful right as rain on the right track dead on for sure on track on the right lines free of error right stuff along the right lines cooking with gas according to Hoyle straightforward veritable gospel stark sage without fault foolproof without blemish to schedule in time on schedule when expected well timed encyclopedic compendious averse frugal afraid nervous disinclined mean as it really happened historical documentary real nonfictional textbook unspotted supreme stainless intact crimeless spotless unguilty going to great lengths prim and proper spot on time under the wire bang on time parsimonious stingy thrifty iffy cyclopedic embracive panoramic encyclopaedic universal inclusive omnibus inhibited constrained skeptical sparing miserly economical softly-softly honest apparent word for word ordinary not figurative unembroidered written usual verbal bona fide natural concentrating protective shielding mollycoddling protecting patronizing overprotective patronising restrictive percipient heeding noticing playing one's cards close to one's chest interested listening leaving no stone unturned rapt awake tentie tenty cover-all all-in broad-gauge broad-gauged reckful open-eyed wide awake paying attention wide-awake not missing a trick on the job on one's toes beady-eyed listening carefully Argus-eyed

Adjective

Academic in manner, often in an annoying or boring way
academic didactic bookish donnish learned pedagogic scholastic intellectual cerebral erudite pedagogical egghead formal highbrow inkhorn literary scholarly schoolish schoolmasterly doctrinaire studious lettered educated brainy cultured overnice formalistic dry abstruse well read serious knowledgeable swotty well educated intelligent well-read well informed widely read stilted punctilious arid egotistic fussy priggish hairsplitting sententious pompous ostentatious particular nit-picking dull clever precise pedantical thoughtful impractical earnest ivory-towerish clerkly accomplished cultivated well-informed civilized sage literate wise sagacious esoteric recondite enlightened sophisticated well versed discerning illuminated sapient genius well-educated civilised in the know over-subtle obscure eager precisionist overprecise hair-splitting nitpicking bluestocking educational savvy into assiduous smart labored wise up book-loving laboured book-learned experienced expert skilled versed solid well-grounded philosophical conversant grounded posted sharp philosophic well-rounded omniscient sound polymath solemn deep scientific grave studied judicious pansophic professorial informed astute knowing perceptive rational sensible insightful prudent profound shrewd schooled keen percipient perspicacious aware canny logical bright trained reflective acute brilliant penetrating discriminating instructed contemplative precocious quick-witted acquainted switched-on taught gifted intuitive with great knowledge refined polished alert tutored familiar politic coached full of insight versant eggheaded careful inventive showing great knowledge ingenious au courant foresighted sharp-witted reasoned au fait exceptional abreast good whip-smart quick urbane advanced up-to-date creative deep-thinking highbrowed proficient intellective well-versed sussed cogitative prepared crack skilful skillful masterly adept able virtuoso meditative analytical in the picture fast supersmart ultrasmart hyperintelligent reliable plugged in tuned in justified school reasonable sentient briefed clear-sighted foxy astucious cagey longhair intellectualistic intellectualist genteel geeky liberal talented well-reasoned well-founded well reasoned worldly nerdish blue nerdy cognizant plugged-in understanding well thought out developed cool hip practiced classical practised cosmopolitan couth well-taught down clued-up elite well-bred mature tolerant polite courteous seasoned excellent practical mannerly clued up genned up up to date superior streetwise witty heady resourceful choice whip nimble intellectually aware well versed in in the loop competent worldly-wise first-class very intelligent first-rate Einstein whiz kid genial nimble-witted well schooled self-aware farsighted advised theoretical introspective musing deliberate considered thinking museful ruminative reflecting pondering calculating measured pensive pointy-headed well-briefed directed belletristic bookly cunning open-minded metaphysical abstract subtle broad-minded coherent levelheaded weighty arcane just valid long-haired hermetic hermetical diligent hard-working unintuitive responsible acroamatic occult orphic secret gracious congruent firm sober psychologic apprised unprovincial sedulous adult dependable commonsensical commonsense commonsensible gnostic apt far-sighted smooth sophic progressive free-thinking thought out having been around planned out incisive well mannered instructive edifying instructional educative on the ball crafty cluey quick on the uptake whiz academical busy bookworm determined grubbing very smart wised up hip to veteran knowing what's what ace qualified complete master consummate crackerjack compleat professed masterful great primed college university collegiate grown-up tasty tuitional propaedeutic dogmatic informational nurtured level-headed formed corrected initiated professional fitted shaped enriched finished well up up on artistic provocative gripping intriguing stimulating thought-provoking artistically aware high-class sensitive savant blue-stocking elegant distingue tasteful traveled appreciative chivalrous arty gallant esthetic deliberated rehearsed informative teaching aesthetic travelled apprized well briefed with good taste abreast of the facts filled in up to speed strategic tactful desirable familiar with up riveting heavy captivating powerful interesting heavyweight absorbing fascinating argute tactical knowledgeable about abreast of informed about witting alive comprehending conscious acquainted with hep apprehensive well-advised well judged well advised practised in skilled in well informed about proficient in apprised of well up on au fait with at home with experienced in no stranger to at home kept posted au courant with up to speed on plugged into up to date on perfect in genned up on on the beam clued up on cognizant of down with

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Nitpicky or cerebral to the point of being pompous
pompous pretentious egotistic ostentatious stilted priggish ivory-tower bombastic grandiloquent fustian sonorous magniloquent overblown euphuistic high-flown turgid high-sounding highfalutin rhetorical oratorical ornate overripe flowery orotund declamatory articulate eloquent grandiose hyperbolic rhetoric florid bombast tumid big aureate overwrought mouthy overdone magnific verbose effusive complicated scholarly formal erudite purple silver-tongued windy inflated arty-farty puffed-up boastful lofty braggart bragging flatulent boasting portentous Falstaffian overwritten prim affected extravagant elaborate showy gassy flamboyant wordy gaseous hifalutin Ossianic strained laboured long-winded pleonastic histrionic convoluted fulsome labored swollen theatrical exalted periphrastic hyperventilated rotund prolix over-elaborate exaggerated Ciceronian epideictic haughty imposing Demosthenic Demosthenean bold elevated flashy tedious ambitious la-di-da epic sesquipedalian ranting high-minded noble fancy tumescent loud puffed voluble grand-sounding ponderous blathering involved dramatic big-talking windbag self-important ornamented fluent discursive grand stagy overambitious elocutionary majestic impressive self-righteous high mannered tiresome actorly heroic tall high-falutin shallow superficial breezy lexiphanic snobbish Miltonian Homeric sententious stodgy blustering overinflated baroque oratorial stuffy euphistic tall-talking long learned rhapsodic loudmouthed balderdash booming melodramatic arresting solemn OTT verbal linguistic intellectual stuffed shirt figurative stylistic pontifical full of hot air embellished contrived glib vocal decorative ornamental garnished rich luscious ideal fervid impassioned persuasive gesturing vivid forceful gesticulative senatorial noisy expressive intoning important stentorian fussy sublime superior complex detailed decorated over the top excessive rhapsodical overestimated uplifting serious arrogant grave crass flaunted jaunty vain brazen vaunting garish monumental unrealistic large-scale lavish high-falutin' high-flying far-reaching on a grand scale large circumlocutory garrulous diffuse circuitous prattling expansive prating jabbering babbling lengthy gushing protracted tautological rambling indirect digressive wandering meandering talkative yakking multiloquent big-mouthed repetitious loquacious gabby tortuous redundant multiloquous gobby logorrheic wittering talky palaverous tautologous repeating ambagious logorrhoeic yacking repetitive full of air with the gift of the gab having kissed the Blarney stone

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Inclined to express negative or disapproving comments
critical censorious condemnatory condemning castigatory reproving denunciatory deprecatory disparaging disapproving scathing criticising criticizing fault-finding judgemental negative unfavourable unsympathetic hypercritical overcritical pettifogging cavilling carping quibbling niggling nitpicking pernickety picky belittling calumniatory cavillous censuring cutting cynical griping hairsplitting unfavorable bellyaching captious caviling faultfinding judgmental rejective whingeing derogatory reprobatory reprobative nit-picking nit-picky pass-remarkable ultra-critical hair-splitting finicky nagging fussy hard to please overnice demanding nice reproachful punctilious over-rigorous over-strict difficult to please exceptive sarcastic exacting severe persnickety over-censorious over-particular over-exacting impossible to please overscrupulous fine subtle grousing grouchy moaning complaining grumbling overexact overprecise overrefined grouching whining bleating slighting on someone's back deprecating kvetching mithering chuntering overexacting dissatisfied discontented irritable crabby touchy cantankerous peevish nitpicky trivial testy perverse petty thorny acrimonious unfair contrary petulant unjust cross tricky very critical overparticular meticulous perfectionist fastidious scolding critic humbling diagnostic demeaning judgy harsh trenchant sharp discerning penetrating biting contemptuous particular choleric withering discriminating analytical satirical lowering stern derisive disdainful insulting scornful contumelious pejorative uncomplimentary sneering opprobrious vituperative damning abusive derisory dismissive snide degrading denigratory denouncing insolent offensive defamatory sniffy slanderous libellous libelous upbraiding derogative decrying depreciative depreciatory detractive denigrative damnatory mocking scoffing jeering sardonic snotty accusatory unflattering slating hostile knocking full of contempt scurrilous rude vitriolic invective full of reproof castigating reviling maligning scurril vituperatory truculent scurrile disrespectful supercilious vilifying calumniating traducing arrogant obloquious malicious haughty abhorrent snooty sharp-tongued accusing proscriptive admonishing frowning discouraging virulent boot-faced disapprobatory malign displeased ranting unforgiving perfunctory culpatory reprehending reproaching chiding severely critical unenthusiastic dimissory blunt condescending cavalier taunting honest candid attacking defiant vain imperious proud superior stark straightforward realistic overbearing egotistic outspoken snippy high hat dog it hard-nosed bold on your high horse hard audacious high and mighty cheeky temperamental snobbish uppity cool on high horse upstage cold-shoulder despicable unappealing straight from the shoulder warts and all affronting uncharitable vulgar blasphemous epithetical detractory violent berating injurious rough foul obnoxious unmannerly damaging minimizing catty minimising

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Intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive
didactic educational instructive academic enlightening homiletic edifying informative moralistic pedagogic preceptive doctrinal educative improving informational instructional moralising moralizing teaching bookish erudite formal homiletical illuminating pompous preachy scholastic schoolmasterly sententious sermonic tuitional abstruse heuristic moral priggish propaedeutic advisory donnish exhortative expository hortative schoolmasterist sermonising sermonizing teacherish teacherly teachy useful informatory pedantical lecturelike cultural trite helpful tutorial illuminative didactical explanatory revealing elucidative clarifying explicative explicatory explanative descriptive exegetic illustrative interpretive revelatory expositive interpretative exegetical learned pedagogical uplifting refining enriching scholarly telling elucidatory explaining demonstrative graphic diagrammatic allegorical hermeneutical inspiring dogmatic school profound professorial communicative civilizing broadening humanizing cautionary elevating newsy factual forthcoming humanising civilising rewarding fluorescent incandescent luminescent illuminated exemplifying representative typical pictorial illustrational evincive delineative comparative illustratory pictoric symbolic specifying indicative emblematic corroborative sample expressive metaphoric imagistic iconographic figurative expositional prefatory annotative expounding evaluative describing discursive guiding informing disquisitional hermeneutic declarative analytical by way of explanation

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Boring or severely lacking in interest
ponderous dull pedestrian dreary stodgy laboured stilted tedious boring lifeless plodding dry heavy monotonous uninteresting artificial awkward clumsy forced laborious tiresome unnatural serious solemn stolid turgid arid colourless colorless drab drudging dusty flat ho-hum humdrum jading jejune leaden mind-numbing monochromatic numbing old slow stale stuffy stupid tame tiring wearisome weary wearying barren cardboard labored stiff vapid wooden unimaginative uninspired unexciting formal heavy-going staid unoriginal derivative fuddy-duddy deadly dull banal verbose dim weighty banausic heavy going dull as ditchwater hard to digest prosaic insipid commonplace routine lacklustre lackluster uneventful bland run-of-the-mill uninspiring spiritless mundane trite unvaried ordinary bromidic characterless repetitious sterile unremarkable workaday ho hum blah samey common unvarying quotidian tired hackneyed fatiguing featureless dead vanilla repetitive unstimulating as dry as dust everyday dull as dishwater prosy nowhere soporific deadly dry as dust platitudinous conventional monochrome passionless nothing wishy-washy enervating exhausting dreich plain vanilla dullsville lacking variety draggy matter-of-fact mediocre uniform uncreative irksome usual unexceptional unrelieved weariful soulless mechanical unchanging inane soul-destroying lame depressing nondescript yawnsome unenjoyable unentertaining hacky monotone nothing to write home about lacking excitement lacking interest no great shakes stereotyped big yawn mindless threadbare lusterless interminable plebeian zero well-worn feeble limp bloodless stock vacuous weak unadventurous derived uninventive empty sluggish anaemic bog-standard toneless innocuous ornery dragging lacking variation white-bread heavy-handed desolate corny downcast day-to-day unspirited anemic deadening dismal prolix pabulum treadmill run of the mill common or garden old hat not up to much a dime a dozen flavorless moth-eaten bomb bummer drag cloying drear undistinctive neutral indistinct unlively unpassioned unmemorable undistinguished second-rate irritating annoying indifferent predictable unartistic depressed flavourless earthbound boresome vexatious overlong unromantic unanimated uninterested tepid normal typical customary regular worn-out quiet sleepy slack droning zestless non-stimulating mortal poky snooze square unimpressed unmoved yawn antiseptic stagnant wintery raw sorrowful dispiriting damp oppressive wintry windy garden variety garden-variety gray grey average endless hack trivial puerile overused unproductive unprogressive inactive without variety overworked bleak dowdy plain pointless vacant half-pie OK so-so monotonic all the same reiterated recurrent sing-song samely unchanged one-horse long-drawn-out unfeeling milk-and-water watery unexcited expressionless mat dulled unexpressive matte middle-of-the-road clichéd uninflected phoned in truistic dead-and-alive flat as pancake puts one to sleep unseasoned unpalatable blind sapless muted whitebread not so hot simplistic crude meager meagre out of date inoffensive unobjectionable outdated harmless old-fashioned lead balloon namby-pamby uncharismatic mainstream outmoded safe archaic halfhearted diluted obsolete defunct extinct antiquated antediluvian superannuated boiled down without punch hoary passé cliché-ridden timeworn antwacky out of the ark worn out played out cut and dried time-worn graceless inelegant ungainly gauche ungraceful rough-hewn rigid uncomfortable rustic rustical uneasy gawky unimpassioned maladroit bumbling inept unhandy inflexible deadpan inexpressive obstinate unyielding unbending lacking vitality

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Like a prig
priggish self-righteous narrow-minded prim prudish puritanical smug starchy stuffy goody-goody holier-than-thou moralistic sanctimonious sententious stiff strait-laced tight-laced censorious narrow old-maidish Pecksniffian Pharisaic prissy schoolmarmish schoolmistressy Victorian complacent Grundyish hypocritical pompous self-satisfied vain proper formal pietistic pious rigid niminy-piminy conventional governessy square straitlaced prim and proper genteel mimsy straightlaced bluenosed preachy uptight strict nice-nelly moralizing unctuous pi superior conservative austere fuddy-duddy stick-in-the-mud nice moralising demure puritan severe staid canting bigoted old-fashioned overnice stilted fastidious Pharisaical artificial ceremonious punctilious precise correct decorous snobbish straight of the old school self-important unco guid shockable religiose mealy-mouthed Tartuffian old-maid pretentious affected sober didactic overmodest fogeyish judgmental particular egotistical stern homiletical homiletic sermonic scrupulous reserved sedate supercilious finicky fussy moral pontifical rigorous haughty precious mannered po-faced important arrogant choosy square-toed too good to be true meticulous nit-picking goody-two-shoes stiff-necked overscrupulous pharisaic ascetic hoity-toity noble forbidding fanatical disapproving squeaky-clean stodgy squeamish judgemental preachifying ponderous hair-shirt spartan high-hat pietistical simon-pure starched solemn overexact simpering mincing offish illiberal abstemious conforming abstinent pointed straight-laced god-fearing virtuous PC forced unnatural laboured politically correct goody two-shoes dogmatic sermonizing strained churchy icy frigid unrelaxed epicene sermonising pharisaical insincere labored blue-nose polite cleanly good dapper upright stickling ceremonial spic-and-span spruce wooden dignified false deceiving namby-pamby careful respectable picky inflexible uncompromising exact methodical impersonal to keep up appearances deadly musty conformist exacting conscientious discriminating persnickety humourless fusty mathematical stringent old-fogeyish sticklerish fixed tough choosey scientific nit-picky foetid hot bloated warm fetid smoky humorless smelly magisterial puffy as dry as dust conceited proud vainglorious egoistic egotistic overweening egoistical bigheaded prideful assured biggity biggety swellheaded consequential wisenheimer hotshot stuck-up puffed up pleased with oneself self-contented full of yourself self-approving well pleased proud of oneself self-conceited puffed-up self-congratulatory self-assured self-opinionated stuck on oneself stately courtly seemly distinguished imposing august traditional official portly civil courteous imperial orthodox regal majestic couth refined imperious serious just so ornate elaborate ritualistic portentous reverential momentous deferential ritual deliberate measured grandiose slow-moving lofty decent diligent thorough painstaking exalted accurate attentive ultra-careful studious grand venerable lordly kingly right standard suitable befitting fitting unbending religious detailed perfectionist honourable eminent highbrow composed gracious impressive honorable fit approved mannerly civilized accepted well-mannered unsympathetic aloof hair-splitting finical pernickety nitpicking demanding apt appropriate usual customary sombre respected highfalutin' magnificent great aristocratic somber distingué grave nifty remote unfriendly detached diplomatic kosher OK withdrawn unsocial undemonstrative restrained unapproachable uncommunicative reticent taciturn antisocial unforthcoming unresponsive laborious acceptable becoming de rigueur civilised okay done self-respecting overconscientious heedful assiduous conscionable observant punctual formalistic straight arrow keeping people at arm's length by the numbers stand-offish comme il faut right stuff right on good eye

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Excessively specific

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Concerned with theories or hypotheses rather than with practical matters
theoretic imaginary theoretical abstract academic analytical as a premise assumed codified conjectural contingent formalistic formularized general hypothetic hypothetical ideal idealised idealized ideational ideological imaginative impractical instanced intellectual in the abstract in theory logical metaphysical notional on paper philosophical postulated presumed problematical pure quixotic speculative suppositional tentative transcendent transcendental unearthly unproved unsubstantiated vague postulatory unproven suppositious untested imagined conjectured academical suppositive nominal putative supposed conceptual rational presupposed presumptive alleged apparent reputed purported supposititious inferred scholarly unreal unfounded groundless unconfirmed reasoned uncertain suspect doubtful indefinite surmised inferential based on guesswork likely asserted ostensible seeming accepted ostensive evident rumoured claimed thought held rumored understood prima facie intelle cognitive fanciful fancied illusory educational scholastic visionary imagal moral ethical ratiocinative suspected experimental hairy dangerous projected conceptive postulational guessing unresolved surmising guesstimated figured professed unpragmatic unrealistic irrelevant believed specious useless on a hunch soi-disant declared on a long shot invented made-up philosophic fictional said ivory-tower ivory-towered ivory-towerish indeterminate casual contestable disputable equivocal assumptive stochastic concocted questionable conditional conjecturable debatable refutable provisory proposed guessed pretending problematic inferrible wise erudite learned derivable made up inferable esoteric thoughtful sagacious deducible deductive expected hypothesized granted anticipated implicit given connoted tacit deduced scientific hypothesised a priori self-evident based on theory taken as known counted on taken for granted

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Mysterious, obscure
recondite abstruse arcane deep esoteric profound dark difficult hidden involved mysterious obscure occult secret abstract cabbalistic complicated complex concealed cryptic hermetic hermetical impenetrable incomprehensible mystical opaque unfathomable academic acroamatic Alexandrian cabalistic hard heavy little-known mystic orphic out-of-the-way scholarly little known inscrutable enigmatic perplexing puzzling mystifying inexplicable ambiguous enigmatical Delphic confusing unclear baffling murky intricate nebulous elliptical equivocal bewildering uncanny veiled double-edged elliptic fuliginous vague unintelligible secretive involuted clandestine convoluted oblique sibylline unknowable involute oracular covert knotty strange coded unaccountable elaborate rarefied tangled fathomless thorny hard to understand as clear as mud insoluble undecipherable shadowy unexplained recherché labyrinthine sophisticated tricky unexplainable subtle fiddly difficult to understand sphinxlike indecipherable hazy clear as mud tortuous dense serpentine tough labyrinthian detailed fancy problematical over one's head beyond comprehension byzantine Daedalian Gordian Byzantine entangled interlaced weighty serious full of twists and turns peculiar odd unrevealed shrouded unknown clouded cloaked uncertain indistinct obfuscated apocryphal evasive Delphian wildering indefinite black ungraspable inconceivable doubtful confounding incognizable paradoxical tenebrous Greek to me impossible to understand clear as dishwater baroque daedal confused unsolvable cumbersome above one's head beyond one's grasp jumbled knotted mixed troublesome hi-tech Daedalean mind-bending private metaphysical inner hypermetric enciphered classified encoded weird curious ulterior disconcerting magical highbrow bizarre indiscernible insolvable cryptical subliminal indeterminate worrying refined funny queer foggy secreted unnatural unsolved arduous problematic dubious untold shrouded in mystery incalculable stealthy uninterpretable riddling amphibological nubilous purblind imperceptive cerebral intellectual mind-boggling hard to solve vexing rambling advanced gnarly hard to explain thought-provoking cagey subjective illegible technical incredible illogical indecisive far-out teasing stickling stumping not easily understood unimaginable inaccessible challenging cloak-and-dagger Greek anagogic beyond one beats me all Greek to someone too hard to understand double Dutch too difficult to understand beyond your grasp above your head all Greek to you hard to follow indirect ravelled winding sinuous twisted circuitous ornate complicate multifaceted multifarious variegated rococo heterogeneous nuanced muddled raveled high-tech can of worms maze-like mixed up long-drawn-out drawn-out inexplainable unreadable underlying beyond understanding incoherent unanswerable indescribable undefinable mumbled personal garbled undercover surreptitious inarticulate inextricable uncomprehensible awkward repressed unapparent individual internal inaudible mazy covered bamboozling surprising two-edged fanciful supernatural intense dry undiscoverable intimate mysterial ineffable unresolvable mazelike taxing full of surprises beyond you irresolvable unresolved unconcluded too deep meaningless without a solution unable to be solved indigestible labyrinthial labyrinthical labyrinthiform labyrinthic labyrinthal unusual astonishing unparalleled extraordinary freakish freak uphill terrible ramified reticular formidable effortful elusive bemusing freaky fluky slurred spooky rum senseless scrambled unheard-of unwonted uncommon really hard very hard unexplicit inexplicit disguised off the wall implied subconscious masked all Greek to me suppressed underhand underground furtive muffled conspiratorial hush-hush camouflaged sneaky muttered halting faltering hesitant backstairs closet hinted at ill-defined hesitating stuttering stammering stumbling sly sneak privy underhanded sneaking stealth shifty speechless mute voiceless in ambush on the QT unenlightened hugger-mugger behind someone's back behind-the-scenes unseen top-secret surprise backdoor hole-and-corner unexposed unrecognizable invisible shielded unrecognisable hooded screened roundabout tongue-tied disjointed reticent unvocal mumbling blurred maundering clumsy poorly spoken

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Technical or literal

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Pretentious and designed to impress
affected pretentious pompous ostentatious grandiose highfalutin stagy posh theatrical hifalutin schmaltzy campy chichi poncey la-de-da fancy-pants high-minded hoity-toity la-di-da over-elaborate high falutin' high-flown toffee-nosed gone Hollywood conceited haughty snobbish egotistic proud superior arrogant uppity self-important stuck-up vain supercilious snippy vainglorious showy imperious overbearing overweening puffed up snooty presumptuous boastful patronizing condescending uppish brash high-hat toplofty important high and mighty lofty high-and-mighty bumptious cocky patronising self-assertive cavalier opinionated egotistical prideful sniffy smug lordly swanky inflated self-centred disdainful flamboyant self-opinionated narcissistic self-centered snotty chesty huffish toploftical huffy high-handed assumptive stiff-necked self-asserting splashy snobby egoistic egoistical ritzy loud flashy artificial pontifical gaudy extravagant aloof conspicuous elitist swaggering peremptory swank egocentric presuming masterful selfish flaunting mannered biggity bigheaded swollen-headed vulgar swellheaded biggety kitsch self-conceited domineering bragging precious self-satisfied garish flash bloated tinselly fancy bold persnickety ornate obtrusive glitzy overconfident insolent full of oneself overdone brazen dicty tinsel highfaluting tasteless over-refined flowery tony OTT twee magisterial bling-bling forward sententious autocratic stiff boasting contrived hubristic self-admiring immodest scornful blustering contemptuous tawdry self-serving specious portentous mocking impudent flatulent meretricious scoffing sneering puffy brassy superfly bossy assured complacent audacious consequential cheeky self-absorbed studied big-headed jumped up alembicated over the top pseud individualistic swollen putting on airs too big for your boots inner-directed effete pushy exclusive exaggerated grand arty assuming trashy potty aristocratic self-affected self-promoting self-engrossed self-congratulatory self-righteous self-contented self-adulatory self-glorifying cocksure refined orgulous self-obsessed self-regarding fussy spectacular classy dashing cheap noisy smarty cold-shoulder know-it-all glittery remote egomaniacal bling self-loving stuck up peacocky gimcrack wise guy introverted chi-chi arty-farty full of yourself wrapped up in oneself pleased with yourself razzle-dazzle personal grandiloquent subjective obsessive on an ego trip intimate intrinsic isolated stuck on oneself ineffectual pontificating vaunting strutting puffed windy nervy cliquish obnoxious plastic superficial sham puffed-up offensively self-assertive pinchbeck brummagem genteel frilly swollen with pride inborn ingrained inherent idiosyncratic lah-di-dah on a high horse peacockish egomaniac self-interested bougie cutesy bourgie snot-nosed full of airs and graces upper-class in love with oneself too much over-the-top think too highly of oneself think one is the cat's whiskers think one is God's gift think one is the cat's pyjamas pleased with oneself have an excessively high opinion of oneself think a lot of oneself self-oriented self-involved inward-looking solipsistic self-preoccupied self-infatuated inconsiderate self-concerned kenspeckle bodacious noticeable brilliant striking grabby commanding prominent eye-catching pronounced remarkable dramatic catchy marked arresting emphatic uncaring unthinking thoughtless self-seeking looking after number one bullish resplendent sensational opulent snazzy overwrought sumptuous splendiferous glaring jazzy screaming histrionic luxurious fastidious dictatorial officious smart overnice overrefined saucy flip wise contumelious impertinent rude pushful unabashed sassy boldfaced fresh barefaced procacious unblushing pert cool malapert artful choosy particular finicky fragile actorly flaring crass flaunted smart-alecky exhibitionistic sporty uptown splurgy gay jaunty throwing one's weight about self-conscious Daliesque crummy corny clinquant tacky cheesy camp common mod posturing gimmicky magnificent splendid overstated overambitious kitschy posey flaunty elaborate heroic pseudo sophomoric poseur hollow feigned hyperventilated put-on stilted too-too fake self-confident confident authoritarian self-assured tyrannical dogmatic despotic bombastic dismissive inflexible self-aggrandizing braggart holier-than-thou blusterous oppressive doctrinaire dogmatical rigid wilful heavy-handed dominating above oneself big self-applauding sure braggy adamant prejudiced biased uncompromising opinionative opinioned bigoted assertive high brassbound arch highhanded obdurate familiar obstinate reserved standoffish overfamiliar arbitrary pigheaded indifferent ambitious self-opinioned loudmouth disrespectful unyielding stuffy gracious brazen-faced improper inappropriate uncivil iron-handed stubborn bold-faced impolite free repressive crowing tyrannous autocratical authoritative tyrannic willful shameless single-minded bull-headed of fixed views self-respecting imperative full of hot air on your high horse too big for one's breeches too big for one's britches too big for one's boots self-complacent self-flattering extraverted self-pleased unreserved self-gratulatory self-dramatizing blustery extroverted uninhibited elitist ranting airy stooping offhand undemocratic fustian wiseguy indulgent overindulgent over-free relaxed anti-democratic throwing one's weight around honourable honorable silliness giddy dizzy flighty la-dee-da complaisant blowhard high-sounding epic majestic regal imposing august judicial stately dignified casual curt high falutin denigrating belittling swanking big-mouthed partisan distant detached ironhanded dominant unconcerned insouciant uninterested nose in the air tolerant free-and-easy on one's high horse windbag exultant too big for your britches overbold unceremonious discourteous of preconceived ideas draconian sure of yourself rash on high horse highfalutin' abrupt brusque glib terse cursory off perfunctory ungracious self-aggrandising cock-a-hoop iron-fisted impetuous overhasty precipitate previous premature hasty foolhardy coercive bullying strict severe harsh presumptive take-it-or-leave-it pococurante offish on ego trip hot stuff Neronian overproud orotund turgid tumid declamatory careless clamorous crack-the-whip stern firm throwing weight around dictative lording it preponderant imperial demanding regnant ascendant prevalent positive hotshot certain smart aleck smart guy smarty pants large intolerant apostolic headstrong unfriendly uptight cold constrained pig-headed chilly ungainly stand-offish

Antonym of pedantic

pedantic Idiom, Proverb

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