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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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The quality or state of being academic or pedantic.

Usage examples (8)
  • It is sufficient to say that Harvey had all the worst traits of "donnishness," without having apparently any notion of that dignity which sometimes half excuses the don.
  • "donnishness" seem to have acquired their uncomplimentary meaning about this period.
  • Among them are the Magistrate, whose clipped tones most certainly do "not invite debate," and the Padre, whose voice is perfectly balanced between donnishness and...
  • Edinburgh for that, -- a vast amount of toryism and donnishness everywhere. for more
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