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 for Pedant
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pedant \Ped"ant\, n. [F. p['e]dant, It. pedante, fr. Gr.
     paidey`ein to instruct, from pai^s boy. See Pedagogue.]
     1. A schoolmaster; a pedagogue. [Obs.] --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
              A pedant that keeps a school i'th' church. --Shak.
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     2. One who puts on an air of learning; one who makes a vain
        display of learning; a pretender to superior knowledge.
        [1913 Webster]
              A scholar, yet surely no pedant, was he.
        [1913 Webster] Pedantic

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book
           learning than they merit [syn: pedant, bookworm,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  39 Moby Thesaurus words for "pedant":
     Babbitt, Gongorist, Marinist, Middle American, Philistine,
     anal character, bluestocking, bourgeois, burgher,
     compulsive character, conformer, conformist, conventionalist,
     euphuist, fine writer, formalist, methodologist, middle-class type,
     model child, organization man, parrot, perfectionist, phrasemaker,
     phraseman, phrasemonger, plastic person, precieuse, precieux,
     precisian, precisianist, precisionist, purist, rhetorician, sheep,
     square, teenybopper, trimmer, wordspinner, yes-man

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