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For example, as a sarcastic remark in the sense of "pedantic" or "know-it-all"?

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"Knowledgeable" comes to mind. –  deutschZuid Feb 16 '13 at 11:25
    
What makes you think so? –  Question Overflow Feb 17 '13 at 3:10
    
This is usually a positive word. –  shuangwhywhy Mar 10 '13 at 14:25
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No. It's usually used as a commendatory term. But it can be also used in a pejorative sense (the rule is called 褒義貶用).

PS: This is not used in a conversation, or it's an irony.

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So 褒义贬用 means "a sarcastic compliment" or "to make a sarcastic compliment"? I might add that to CC-CEDICT. –  trideceth12 Feb 16 '13 at 9:00
    
@trideceth12 To use a commendatory term as a derogatory term. (um, sorry for my poor English) –  Mike Manilone Feb 16 '13 at 9:36
    
@trideceth12 Yeah. That's right. But it's a grammatical concept, not a word. –  Mike Manilone Feb 16 '13 at 10:24
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